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The Icon of the Trinity

This icon, written by Andrei Rublev in the xxx century, is considered to be the most theologically perfect icon ever made.  It is the highest achievement of Russian art–and a masterpiece by any standards. It is based on the Old … Continue reading

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From Fayum Portraits to Holy Icons

It is sometimes said, as a criticism with some hostility, that Christians have appropriated, or even stolen, the timing of many pagan festivals–for example, like Christmas instead of a solstice celebration, or Easter in place of a rite of spring.   Without going into … Continue reading

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The Icon of Pentecost

This is the festal icon of Holy Pentecost.  This particular version is Russian, likely painted in the 16th Century for the Cathedral of St. Sophia in the city of Novgorod. It might not be what you expected to see for … Continue reading

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Inverse Perspective

Most of us know about perspective from art classes in school–the common example being one of train tracks leading into the distance, coming to a single point.  The eye and brain have learned to see these cues and interpret the … Continue reading

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Happy Easter!

Wishing each and every one of you many joys and blessings this Easter Season! Icons do not depict the actual event of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ directly.  To quote from the book: The Incarnate God, Vol.2, (translated by Paul Meyendorff:) … Continue reading

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Icons & Me

I told people I was starting a blog.  Many of them, astonished, asked “why?”  I admit, it seems kind of an egotistical thing to do from one perspective.  I mean, who cares what I think?  But to answer the question “why?”—I … Continue reading

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