Iconography: to see the invisible
From ancient times, icon painting served as a “language for the illiterate” —a special language with its own rules and symbolism. For centuries, master-icon painters have brought it to perfection, trying to convey the spiritual otherness by material means. That is why icon painting is still considered to be the most difficult and rarest art in which human capabilities and divine beginnings are combined.
The copy (from the icon and write), also iconography, isography – a type of Christian church painting, designed to create sacred images – icons.
Such works replaced the written word with paints, just as the Gothic cathedral translated into visual language the scholastics and the secrets of alchemy.
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“GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING”, JAN VERMERE
Behind the creation of each picture is a unique story. And in the “Pic of the Week” column, Styleinsider continues to talk about famous canvases. And today we will tell about the work of the Dutch master Jan Vermeer “Girl with a pearl earring”.
date of creation
The date itself is not indicated on the canvas, however, according to the Mauritshuis Museum, where the painting is now stored, it was created around 1665. Continue reading