Sight and the Byzantine Icon

Lymberopoulou, Angeliki (2018). Sight and the Byzantine Icon. In: Harvey, Graham and Hughes, Jessica eds. Sensual Religion. Religion and the Five Senses. Sheffield: Equinox Publishingh Ltd, pp. 109–130.



This chapter addresses the sense of sight through case studies drawn from Byzantine art, the art of Orthodox Christianity. Vision is central to Orthodox worship, facilitated by images known as icons. By enabling the visualization of the invisible divine, the importance of icons is paramount in enhancing the faithful’s religious experience.

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