These beautiful Angel Icons are Antiqued & Distressed to match the Museum Originals. They are 24k gold-leafed or sterling silver where indicated. All the angel icons come with a certificate of authenticity and are ready to hang on your wall.
The word ICON comes from the Greek word "eikon," which means image. In Sacred Byzantine art, an icon is equivalent to a
sacred event or image painted on wood in a particular style using a specific technique. They illustrate the life of Jesus Christ and his mother, Mary, as well as saints and stories from the Bible and later Christian experiences. Physically and spiritually, icons fulfill a
prayerful role in church services and in the lives of the faithful.
After the 14th century, in order to avoid deterioration of the icons, they were adorned with an elaborate embossment which
was generally done in sterling silver. With the passing of time, such items as gold crowns, precious stones, and pearls were added
to the pieces.
Many paintings and objects in Western art have a Christian or religious theme, but they are not icons. Orthodox icons were,
and still are, created for prayer and liturgical use in the church and for personal prayers at home or in travel. Icons often
were so beautifully and skillfully made, however, that they also attracted the attention of private collectors and museums.
Icons can be seen in churches and museums all over the world today.
In Russian Orthodox homes all over the world today, icons are displayed in special places of honor, called the "beautiful
corner." To the Orthodox Christian, an icon is a constant reminder of God's presence in his church, his home and in his life.