A Conversation for Byzantium: Irene and Iconoclasm

'Icon worship'

Post 1


It may be interesting to note that those who still use Icons as a part of their worship, particularly the eastern Orthodox churces, regard them as 'windows' into heaven. That is why when you look at many icons, particularly noticable if the subject is holding a book, you may notice that the perspective is strange, leading away from you in all directions, so that things get bigger further away, this symbolises the infinity of heaven as an ever widening plane, or something like that. When these are used in worship, they are seen as windows into heaven, so that we may more easily concentrate on God, or the saints, and pray to them.
this doesn't really affect the history, but is interesting to understand.smiley - smiley

'Icon worship'

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Gnomon - time to move on

smiley - ok

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