One of the most striking images originating from Constantinople is a 10th-century statue of the Virgin and Child.Constantinople was filled with statues, both inside and outside the churches.I contribute to On Behalf of All, a simple blog about Orthodox Christianity.
One wing of the cherub was five cubits, and the other wing of the cherub, five cubits.
It was ten cubits from the tip of one wing to the tip of the other. Kindle Edition.) When we fast-forward to the Christian era, we learn that three-dimensional iconography persisted into the early Church.
The word “icon” comes from the Greek word “εἰκών”, which simply means “image”.
An icon can be either a two-dimensional image (portrait), or a three-dimensional image (statue).
Approximately 1000 years before the birth of Christ, the first Temple in Jerusalem was built by King Solomon.
This holy construction project included some impressive golden statues: Inside the inner sanctuary, he made two cherubim standing majestically, each ten cubits high.Tensions between East and West served to further complicate matters.While holy statues made a full comeback in the West, the East increasingly sought to distance itself from anything perceived as “Western”.In the previous article, we explored the Orthodox Church’s inheritance of iconography from ancient Israel.Today, we will consider three-dimensional iconography in both Israel and the Church.So compared to the two-dimensional icons, few statues survived the iconoclastic attack.