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“The Orthodox icon is an art form which honors not only humanity but also nature, which it presents in a transfigured state. In Byzantine art nature is suffused with a supranatural light transcending the optical laws of the naturalistic tradition. Mountains, rivers and seas glow in the icon. Even bees may be painted gold in manuscript miniatures.

Besides being shown suffused with light, nature is also represented in the icon as incorruptible — trees neither shed their leaves nor decay and nothing appears to have weight or be subject to decay. The light of the icon comes from outside creation and bestows on creation not only beauty but incorruption.”

-Fr Stamatios Skilris

Read the rest: http://www.incommunion.org/2004/12/11/humanity-and-nature-in-icons/

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