Friday, 20 July 2007

Icon painting, Greece.

Greek Icons are religious paintings done on wooden panels in the Byzantine style. The word Icon comes from the Greek EIKON which means image. It is believed that Icon painting originated in the Byzantine Empire about the 6th century and spread to Russia in the 10th century when Prince Vladimir of Kiev was baptized at Korsun, a Greek colony on the Black Sea. The first Golden Age of Byzantine Art had begun by 300-400 AD.

With love and the greatest care this monk paints his icons, his arm resting on a kind of rod to prevent him from making sudden movements.

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