Skip to comments.Oldest Icon of St. Paul Discovered
Posted on 06/28/2009 11:54:12 AM PDT by Mighty_Quinn
Oldest known icon of St. Paul discovered!
Wow! Amazing. Thanks for sharing.
Another proof that Orthodox icons are portraits.
“Was this in Fr. Guido Sarduccis gossip column?”
Now, when you smokeda marijuana ...
That is truly amazing.
The Orthodox iconographic tradition has been interrupted by the iconoclast heresy, and the iconographic tradition in the West was never particularly strong. This is why the images of Christ in the catacombs, while the earliest, depict Him as a shaven Roman patrician, clearly a product of the artist’s imagination. The images of Christ in the Orthodox icons from that period did not survive. However, the canonical iconographic image of Christ, while not as ancient on the icons that survived (the earliest is 6c), matches the Shroud of Turin. We have to conclude that the iconographers worked from prior sources that began as portraits that were corrected by those who remembered how Jesus, Mary and the Apostles looked. The image of St. Paul, evidently, is also a portrait. Some features are stylized, to be sure, but the overall construction of the face is portraitically correct.
It is not much different from the manner in which the oral tradition was subsequently transformed into written Gospels.
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