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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:
T37 & J16
In the mid-16th century there was a great outpouring of creative iconography from the iconographers displaced after Constantinople was conquered by the Sultan Mehmet II in 1453, thus ending the continuous reign of the Eastern Roman Empire, with Constantinople as its capital since 325, for over a thousand years. These iconographers were scattered in many Greek islands, including Crete and Corfu, where the suppression of Christian art, especially the icons, was not as pronounced under Moslem rule.
This pair of icons was painted in 1546 by the master iconographer the Monk Theophanes the Cretan, who also painted many other icons along with these that are still found in Stavro-Nikita Monastery on Mount Athos. Theophanes was a part of the Cretan School of iconography, along with Michael Damaskinos and Emmanuel Tzanes, and there is a luminous quality of light in the faces of the icons that they made, which are quite distinctive for the time. They seem to shine with this inner light, as Christ shines forth to us with His Divinity overshadowing His humanity, even though He has appeared in a human form for our approachability to the Everlasting and incomprehensible Godhead. As Christ is, according to St. Basil the Great, an icon of God the Father, Whom no man has anywhere seen, so He comes to us in a way that we can see, and know at least partially, and then return His love.
Christ is present in our very human form, for we are all made in His Image and Likeness, as is said in the Genesis account of our creation. The Virgin Mary Theotokos (the “Birth-giver of God”) shone with that icon of Christ manifest in her as seen in her icon, and Her Son is held very close, as He is truly so close to her, and through her, the second Eve and Mother of all those living in God, He has taken form and therefore is so very close to us. May we behold this wonder as seen in these two wonderful icons.
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