“Icon” is the Greek word for “image” and Orthodox Christian icons contain information that is presented in a concentrated visual format. Through the use of formal techniques and specific symbolism, they direct the hearts and minds of worshippers toward God. Icons are not merely decorative religious paintings; they are sacred objects that connect people to the figures that they portray. The ancient church affirmed that icons “partake of the nature of the original”. The images facilitate a two-way interaction: when individuals venerate them and use them for prayer, they receive spiritual benefit through the efficacy of the pictured people and events.
Collection: Images, Texts
Project: 10. Churches and religions in Europe.
Chronology: 18th - 21st century
Scope: Secondary Education, Higher Education
Resource type: Exhibition
Source: Maryhill Museum of Art
Date: 18th - 21st century
Owner: Filippo Galletti (Modernalia)
Copyright: Maryhill Museum of Art
Abstract: This online exhibition includes icons with representations of the Mother of God and select Christian saints.