Icon painting workshop

Воскресенье, Декабрь 18, 2011

Maisymova Lyudmila, the icon painter, has chosen Byzantine Icons of ХIII – XIV (Palaeologusperiod) as her role model. This style is determined by strict canons and sublime emotions.

In fact Byzantine icon painting differs from secular art. It is so pure, expressive and perspicuous.

The perspective and golden background that symbolizes Divine grace are very important. Even the greatest icon painters Andrey Rublev, Alipio Pechora, Dionisi were influenced by Byzantine masters.

Our ancestors borrowed from the Greeks not only the faith but also icon-painting traditions. Canonic icon-painting style helps the viewer to see the unique significance of depicted objects, events or persons. The image itself is not purely naturalistic, so we realize that look at the unusual Man: He has a different face, natural proportions are changed, and even clothing is painted in a special way, we will never see such garments in our life. Everything becomes symbolic, meaningful and makes us look at the world from another perspective. So, if we looked at the naturalistic images of the Crucifixion we would see the suffering dying Man and our heart would feel compassion. And when we look at the canonical Crucifixion icon painted according to the Church tradition we start to feel and understand that the Man does not only suffer, He makes sin-offerings. That is the most marvelous manifestation of God’s love and humility. There are people who think that this icon style is tough and others believe that it has something in common with pictorial art. These opinions have probably appeared because we don’t know Byzantine Icons, frescoes and mosaics well.