Byzantine Icons

They are 2 of my religious artworks. Well, some centuries after Jesus death, Christians needed to have some pictures of their God and the other Holy people. So they started to look for portraits of people who lived at the same time in the same area with Jesus, Mary, Jhon Baptist and the others close to describtions they had in the gospels and other holy books. So they used Fayoum and Pompei faces to show how they could look like. Byzantines artists started with encaustic technique but later they found the egg tempera as more easy and strong material. After 14th century Catholics change the Icons to modern ones (see the blonde Jesus of Renaissance) but the Orthodox keep the same models as the old ones for Jesus and Saints, till now. Babis

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Reynaldo Villarreal 25 Mar 2009

Love you work Babis RV

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do you still paint ? how are you ?

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Delia Pacheco 04 Jan 2009

I LOVE Byzantine Icons, I have several small works, this is wonderful Babis...

Jerry 20 Oct 2006

Amazing portraits, styles, colors, details and topic! Superb paintings Babis!

James Anderson 11 Oct 2006

Very Good!