Byzantine Iconography has been part of the artistic tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church. And for many centuries, the church has been zealously using Russian icons to pass on the Biblical occasions of the Old Testament, the Life of Jesus and the Early Church.
#1. Finding These Icons
Cathedrals, basilicas, chapels and churches in the Mediterranean societies, in the Balkans and later in the Russian states took after an intricate tradition of decorating their places of worship with these icons. Today, Orthodox Christians still improve their churches with these antiques as part of their artistic expression of a message of salvation.
#2. What Russian Icon Signifies
For the Orthodox faithful, they believe that these Russian Icons are not just a work of art but rather a vehicle to show their devotions and their religious beliefs. The term Iconography as hows that icons are not just painted but rather written so it should be read for their theological message. These icons also reveal not just the physical world they portray but also the spiritual world.
#3. The Meaning of the Icon’s Appearance
Some individuals also notice that the expression on the faces of these antique symbols is serious and gloomy. However, the appearance of the Saints depicts the reality of the life of those Christians and their inner peace. These icons also do not show a light source and shadowing that is common in Naturalistic arts. Instead, the light that is coming from the icon is from within, which shows their illuminated state.
#4. The Use of Reverse Perspective in Byzantine and Russian Icons
In common traditional western art, the goal of their images is to provide viewers with a depth of perspective that would allow you to look into a picture as if you are going back into space. Reverse perspective, on the other hand, will allow you to see an image as if the image is coming out to greet you.
In an icon, observe how the sides and the highest point of the building meet at the same time. There is a theological significance to this as part of “participation” with the image. Those who are depicted in Russian icons are not just spectators but are personally and socially involved. If the image is of Jesus, then the image signifies a form of worship. If the image is with Mary or the saints, then the icon signifies a form of respect and emulation.