The Byzantine iconography (Hagiographia) is the art of displaying the religious themes with an ultimate aim to link the natural with the spiritual world. The Byzantine hagiographia is a natural development of Fayum portraits. The iconography is a bridge between the human beings and the God. Without the displays of the Christ and the Saints, it is impossible for the faithful person to feel closer to the Christ and the saints. Three are rules that govern the displays of religious themes. It is essential that the painters display faithfully the characteristics of the saints, exactly how they were presented either based on older scripts or based on various visual arts called ‘archetypa’. Thus, we see that a specific way of representing every holy person is used across the centuries. In addition, it is essential that the portraits of holly people reveal spirituality. The Saints are represented as strict but at the same time lenient people who never smile or have a cosmic expression. In Byzantine iconography, mainly incidents from the Old Testament, the Gospel and the life of Saints are represented. The golden background that is used in the icons, creates the impression of a transcendental world, which isolates the representation of the icons from the earthly environment.
Where & when:8 Arthur Pl, Birmingham B1 3DA, every Saturday 10:30-13:30
Type of lesson: Group
Duration of the class: 3 hours every week
Monthly tuition: Yes
Tutor: Angeliki Chontzia