Monday, 16 June 2008

Salus Populi Romani

One of the oldest icons, said to have been written by the Apostle St. Luke
Now in St. Mary Major Basilica in Rome - built in the 4th Century A.D. in response to a miracle
Hodogetria style of icon ~ Our Lady of The Way, The Guide of the Church


James M said...

Are icons 'written' rather than painted? Is that because they contain so much?

Roses and Jessamine said...

Yes, it is traditional to say that icons are written not painted, in the sense that the message of the icon is a language of signs (semiotics). The art of painting icons is called iconography, from the Greek word 'eikonografia' - literally, 'image-writing'. Icons are not just artistic compositions from the imagination of the iconographer, but a portal into the Higher Truth of Holy Scripture.