Would anyone know of the icon of Panagia with the swords?? Its called Softener of Evil Hearts?
I know its the Russian icon, but has anyone seen it in the Greek Orthodox and what is its meaning?
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Posted 02 March 2017 - 12:36 PM
From what I have read, it is Russian from the south-west, perhaps in the Ukraine area. As the article indicates, it may have some source in western Roman tradition. Without wishing in any way to disregard the icon's place, I have to say that it is not one towards which I feel strong attraction because it is suggestive of the western tendency to formalization by numbers and the literal depiction of spiritual elements. I am put in mind of the Roman devotion to 'Our Lady of Sorrows' - https://en.wikipedia...Lady_of_Sorrows - with its mawkish sentimentality.
Posted 02 March 2017 - 06:33 PM
1) it is not Greek icon - as already been said.
2) As far as I know, the majority of Orthodox iconography depict optical representations of reality and representations of saint's visions. Symbolisms and meta-icons are not used in Orthodox iconography - at least not much. Usually verbal metaphors are not painted into icons. Mainly, icons present what can be seen as actual visual pictures through the human eyes. Even the halo in the icons is a visual picture of uncreated light that saints see with their eyes.
4) Also, icons are about narrating the visual aspect of a story. It probably never presents other aspects of a story or the inner psychological status of persons - when needed the psychological status is presented through the status of the body, or by specific use of colors.
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