Monday, March 12, 2007

Icon painting is a sacred art

Icon painting in Ancient Rus was considered a sacred art. Artists were to follow canonical instructions directly. These rules limited artist’s self-expression on the one hand, however, made him focus on the spiritual essence of icon on the other hand. Traditions and set techniques were applied not only to the image itself, but to the choice of materials, methods for making paints and the sequence in which each element of the icon was painted.

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