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June 10, 2016 10:54 AM
by Jessi

Just what is a Russian icon?

June 10, 2016 10:54 AM by Jessi | 0 Comments

Arguably the most important artistic artifacts which spring forth from Russia are its icons. Icons first came to Russia in the late 10th century corresponding to Russia’s acceptance of Christianity as their main religion.

The Apostle Luke was recognized as the first iconographer, with his recreation of the image of Holy Theotokos that started early Christians in the practice of venerating an image. Icons must be created according to strict standards by the church (see Writing an Icon). In most cases, they have been sanctified and blessed inside the church by a priest. Icons are typically painted on wood with egg tempera and highlighted with gold leaf. Often may have a metal cover, known as an oklad or a riza, of gilt or silvered metal showcasing ornate workmanship and often embellished with enamel or set with semiprecious or precious stones. They often hung in the “krasny ugol” or “beautiful corner” of a Russian home.

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