The icon is highly symbolic, a grace, and a unique kind of sacramental, not just an art-form. Icons are never purely naturalistic, but are a place of prayerful encounter with the “prototypes,” the Lord and the saints the images portray. Learning to paint them according to the strict canon of traditional iconography was a path of submission that led to new vistas of freedom, both spiritually and artistically — one might say a “narrow gate.” It was one of the greatest teachers of my life.
Wednesday, March 31, 2021
… Keeping the ‘Resurrection Burning Within Our Hearts’: The Art of Michael O'Brien. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)