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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.
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T65 & J40
Simon Ushakov was the founder of the Armory School of iconography in Moscow in the mid 17th century. This school is known for the bright countenance of the faces of the images, and show an inward light coming out from these icons to show the mercy and love of God and His Saints for us. It is hard to show in two dimensional art something that is profoundly more than just natural art and beauty, but traditional icons are made to do particularly this, using some abstraction to indicate more than just earthly depictions and earthly beautiful forms. The eyes, hands, nose, and other general proportions are somewhat stylized, and the layers of icons painted with egg-tempera are laid down to go from the darker colors to the lightest, but with a depth of color that indicates a source of light emanating from within.
These two icons show this inner luminescence very visibly, and we can see from the expressions of mercy and love inside the Lord, so full of life, and inside the Virgin, so full of kindness and steadfast devotion, that we are brought to a different dimension, seeing across the bridge from Earth to Heaven. God is always transcendent, yet in His Incarnation, He became immanent and approachable. He lived on earth, ate food, talked with His Disciples and with everyday men and women like us, and because He lived here we can identify with Him, and more easily love and care for God Who came to us in the flesh.
This earliest form of Christian art, the holy icons, are also of earth, but bring us beyond just the material world. Because visual art is such a strong and direct way of perceiving, and often bypasses just more intellectual processes and considerations, the spiritual art of iconography can speak to us so powerfully. As we look into the eyes of these two remarkable icons of the Lord and Virgin Mary, we can see the Heavenly light of mercy and love reach our hearts so we can return this mercy and love back towards Heaven until we become full and changed in this Light from above. May the Lord and all His Saints touch us and bring us back toward the Light that will never fade! Amen.