The beginnings of Christian iconography

One should start by mentioning the fact that there is barely any information regarding the appearance of icons in the first centuries of Christianity, since we practically lack any historical data in this field. However, based on the latest research, we can have a clear idea on the general characteristics of that period. In his fundamental work on the history of Byzantine art, V.N. Lazarev, thoroughly analyzing all the complex circumstances, in which early Christian art emerged and based on an entire series of previous research, reaches the following conclusion: "While it may be largely associated to the classical ancient period, especially in its later spiritualized forms, early Christian art is different even from its beginning, due to a series of specific purposes".

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What is an Icon

 "No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is Himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made Him known" (John, 1:18) has revealed His face the icon of God. By His embodiment, the God Word, being "the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being" reveals to the world, in his Divinity, the Face of the Father. When Philip asks: "Lord, show us the Father", the Lord answers back to him: "Have I been so long time with you, and you hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me, hath seen the Father" (John 14, 8-9)

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