n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - Contemporary icons : do they measure up to the Byzantine icon of Archangel Michael?

Volume 90, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



Byzantine culture and art were essentially religious in character and the primary aim of Byzantine art was to capture what was holy and mysterious in a concrete form such as icons. In this article the functions and status of Archangel Michael as 'icon' are examined in a Greek Orthodox context and parallel characteristics found in the Byzantine and Post-Byzantine icons are compared with these in modern-day society. For this purpose, three 'modern icons' are selected and analysed.

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