Icon Gallery

Iconography was developed in the 4th Century A.D. in the great city of Byzantium, the Eastern part of the Roman Empire. This was possible thanks to the Christian Emperor Constantine (274-337) who recognized Christianity as a legitimate religion throughout the Roman Empire through the Edict of Milan (313 A.D.) The Church was then free to create new ways to communicate the word of the Gospels to its great numbers of new converts most of whom couldn't read. As a result, the Christian message was no longer confined to the understanding of a few, as was the case with the Christian art of the catacombs. It took about two hundred years, during the time of Justinian (483-565), for the Church to develop the symbolic language of the image to it's definitive form. The result was the creation of a symbolic language that expressed the Christian faith by way of images--a visual theology.

Icons have been an integral part of the liturgy of the Eastern Churches; they enhance its meaning and are used as instruments of prayer, veneration and contemplation which is also part of the Eastern mystical tradition.

Links to Orthodox Icon websites: http://www.orthodoximages.com

Use the search box below or navigate via the links to view the Icon Gallery:

Ancient Icons - Christ Mt. Athos, 13th Century
Christ - Pantocrator, 'Ruler of all', Serbian monastery Hilandar, Mt.Athos, 13th century
Posted: 18/3/2008
Ancient Icons - Christ Our Lord, Mt Athos, 16th Century
Christ, our Lord. 16th century icon, Monastery of St. Catherine, Sinai
Posted: 18/3/2008
Ancient Icons - Classic Garment worn by an Orthodox priest
Posted: 18/3/2008
Ancient Icons - Mother of God enthroned. Athos, 16th century
Mother of God enthroned. Athos, 16th century
Posted: 18/3/2008
Ancient Icons - Mother of God, 19th century icon, St. Petersburg
Mother of God icon the Joy for all grieving 19th century icon, St. Petersburg
Posted: 18/3/2008
Ancient Icons - St Elias - 14th Century
St Elias - 14th Century
Posted: 18/3/2008
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