18 Apr Nice Icon photos
Check out these icon images:
Image by jimforest
iconographer: Dasha Pancheshnaya
Image by bobosh_t
"Only the religious picture [icon] shows the full ontological power of the picture… in it we can see without doubt that a picture is not a copy of a copied being [as in Plato], but is in ontological communion with what is copied.
Essential to an emanation is that what emanates is an overflow. What it flows from does not thereby become less. The development of this concept by Neoplatonic philosophy, which uses it to get beyond Greek substance ontology, is the basis of the positive ontological status of the picture. For if the original One is not diminished by the outflow of the many from it, this means that being increases.
It seems that the Greek fathers [of the Church] used this kind of Neoplatonic thinking in overcoming the Old Testament’s hatred of images when it came to christology. They regarded the incarnation of God as a fundamental acknowledgement of the worth of visible appearance, and thus they legitimated works of art. In their overcoming the ban on images we can see the decisive event that enabled the development of plastic arts in the Christian West."
fragments from "Truth and Method" by Hans-Georg Gadamer
mosaic icon of the Theotokos, temporary resting outside the Trinity church at Cheia Monastery