Early Christian icons continued the tradition of Egyptian funery portraits; the likeness of the representation to the physical mode is of decisive importance, since it guarantees the notional presence of the holy person in the place of worship.  This resemblance however is not perceived as a faithful depiction of the human figure but involves a rendering of the inner spirituality of the subject.

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2 Responses to Icons

  1. Steve says:

    the icons are truly beautiful and the quality of the iconography is excellent. i would be very interested in knowing how you erected the iconostatis on front of the alter and what kind of cost was involved. did you have royal doors on the iconostatis? keep up the good work.

  2. IW says:

    Dear Steve,
    Thank you for your kind comments about our display. In time, we will try to add to the photos of most of the icons that were in our exhibit to our website.
    From what I can remember, the screen was fixed from 2 by 4 timber that ran from wall to wall and attached on the floor with a space for the door. There were struts going up and plywood panels attached. At the door there were also panels which added stability and I think a piece of wood was attached to an old beam as well. The screen was in front of the altar rail and this was also used as a support. The structure was affixed by a particularly good carpenter who understood its purpose The icons were attached from behind the screen. We did not have to use mirror plates for security, but it is a delicate process because one must take care not drill through the icon.

    This brings us to the question of cost. The carpenter did not charge us much and his rates were low as a favour to the church. He was also skilled and experienced in exhibition work which meant he worked quickly and efficiently. I was a display artist myself and living in Greece have had the opportunity to examine many different constructions of the screen in Greek churches and chapels.
    Timber varies so much in price and I think you just have to shop around, We did not have any Royal Doors, and our entrance was quite narrow. I decorated the mouldings myself and hired a fellow artist to paint the canvas at the bottom at a cost of about £450, not including the price of the canvas; we used the canvas again for the student fresco display. If you have clever and talented volunteers the cost of course is much less. The candle stand I picked up in Athens for about 70 or 80 euro I think and the small lamps that were attached to the screen were also found there. I hope this helps. The screen is being borrowed for a student exhibit at St John’s Church Higham, Kent next June. Many of these students bought icons from the Divine Dimensions exhibit and will display them again.

    Ann Welch

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