Byzantine Icons

Icons and Idolatry by Martin Myers

This triptych icon of the Virgin Mary and Jesus.While it is simplistic in nature it is carved in ivory and focuses on the birth giver of Christ. Images like this were considered graven by the Synod.
Descent from the Cross focuses directly on the narrative of Jesus, this depicts the Godhead and would be deemed blasphemy. John would argue that this is merely a representation and not idolatry.
The Icon of St. John Chrysostom shows that a fair amount of time and effort went into making an icon. The focus on icons drew the attention away from the Holy Trinity and were viewed as false idols.
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