"The icon is a window on the border between this world and the other.”

The Art of Icon Painting is unique.
It's roots are very old and predate the Christian era.
The icons displayed here are in the Byzantine Orthadox style and represent specific forms or motifs that have been passed down for centuries. They have specific meanings which derive from gestures, colors and forms that appear as a visual language which communicates to the viewer from a world other than the one the viewer inhabits.


In the Byzantine Orthadox Church, “Icons (were originally created by monks) .. and according to the Orthadox Church, portraits of Christ, the Mother of God and the saints which reproduce the figures who are represented so exactly that a part of their miracle working power exists in the painting and can work from the painting.”

“Icon painting does not know a three dimensional picture area such as we have had in the Western world since the Renaissance.” …Icons are “usually an area opening to the back of very little depth, in which the very two-dimensionally represented figures are portrayed. Enlarged or made smaller according to their position or the meaning they have for the picture”.

“Icons are not meant to be seen a a reproduction of reality, they are rather more allegories which formulate salvation in a special parabolical and symbolical language.”

"The traditional picture form was passed down over a considerable length of time and across great distances”. The established strict form canons mandated that "the picture content had absoloute priority over the subjective outlook of the artist.”

“In spite of all the regulations no one icon is painted like another. …They disclose the handwriting of the painter” who seeks to transpose “the material into the spiritual.”

…”the icon is a window on the border between this world and the other.”

The quoted material here is from Windows to Eternity by Stefhan Brensky