Icons 

My Three Choices of Important Icons

Saint John Damaskinos, Unknown, c. 1500, From the collection of: Monastery of St. John the Theologian, Patmos, Greece
I chose Saint John of Damascus because he himself was an iconophile, and here we see him actually depicted as an icon. Pretty neat.
Christ, unknown artist, 0600/0799, From the collection of: Benaki Museum of Greek Civilization
I chose this image of Christ, because it was deemed by the Synod to be the most sinful image artists depicted, and simply because it's a very early icon and one that speaks eloquently of the turmoil and dispute icons cause. Very little of the image survives, yet the eyes tell the whole story.
Folding Processional Icon in the Shape of a Fan, Ethiopian, late 15th century, From the collection of: The Walters Art Museum
Lastly, I choose this image to show the veneration of the many Saints, and to show the scale and longevity these icons had reached. It is also a good example of the intricate detail these depictions could include.
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