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Matched Sets of Icons of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary Theotokos
Orthodox Byzantine Icons has 15 pairs of icons of the Lord and His Mother that are either painted by the same iconographer and in the same style, or are sets from the same time period and style that look very compatible. To set up an icon corner, or any display of your icons, these really give a cohesive look and feel to the main icon pair.
Although each of the sets are distinct and different, they do go very well together and are made in close matching sizes so that you could make them fit in any space in any size that you choose that has room. These sizes are always the same height in the set, but slightly different in width as they were usually originally painted that way. To get this same height, you need to order these together as a matched set, as the individual icons that we stock have been modified slightly from their stock sizes to match each other more closely.
Enjoy this beautiful matched set of icons, with a special description below:
T03 & J04
This pair of Russian icons from the 15th and 16th centuries is of the Moscow iconographic school, and is shown in a half view from the waist up. Russian iconography came out the long-standing iconographic traditions given from the earliest time in the Christian Church for sanctified art because Christ Himself made the first icon by pressing His Face on a cloth which was sent to King Abgar of the neighboring city kingdom of Edessa, now in Turkey, and St. Luke painted the first icons of the Virgin Mary Theotokos from life.
When these traditions enter any culture there is an ongoing fidelity to the theological understanding that underpins traditional iconography, yet as that culture is baptized into the Church, there is also a distinctness still present that remains when all the parts of the culture that are not antithetical to true Christian life and virtue are sanctified. Thus each culture that is baptized has an element of unique artistic expression and ethos.
Great iconography reveals the calm and graceful condition of those people who are depicted, because they show the Heavenly condition of all those who are united with God. This is a mystery both within and beyond time, as Eternity is shown forth often even now.
When we look at icons with an open heart, then a door is open into the next world of bright truth, because icons are windows into Heaven, and as we see in, so Heaven touches us in a very direct and personal way. With our thankful thoughts, heartfelt prayer, and a calm mind the response from Heaven can be very immediate, for all those in Heaven think and feel this way, as they are illumined by Jesus Christ, the Light of Eternal Life. Let us open our hearts today as we look at these two beautiful and spiritual icons of the Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Mother the Virgin Mary Theotokos, asking for mercy and love.