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Icons and Iconoclasm

Icons and Iconoclasm

Author: Aleisha Olson

This lesson will explore the phenomenon of iconoclasm.

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Image of Transfiguration of Jesus, Apse Mosaic, Church of the Virgin, Monastery of Saint Catherine, Mount Sinai, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Saint_Catherine%27s_Transfiguration.jpg; Image of Virgin (Theotokos) and Child between Saints Theodore and George, PD-old-auto-1923, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Encaustic_Virgin.jpg; Image of Virgin Theotokos) and Child (Vladimir Virgin), PD-old-auto-1923, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Vladimirskaya.jpg

Terms to Know
  • Encaustic

    A type of painting that uses beeswax as a binder.

  • Icon

    A religious image of an important person from Christianity, used as an aid to worship in the Byzantine tradition.

  • Iconoclasm

    The intentional deconstruction of religious or political icons, symbols or monuments.

  • Mandorla

    An area of radiance or luminous glow in paintings that are sacred, usually appears as a disk or halo but can extend to include the whole body.

  • Theotokos

    The Greek title of the Christian Virgin Mary as the Mother of God.