To be born Russian, to remain Russian
And save this happiness,
When and wherever to wander–
Such as grandfathers ,to lay down in earth.
To be able to understand icons it is necessary to know how people of the Middle Ages perceived and understood the concept of time. The difference between the concept of time in Western Europe and that in Byzantium was formed in the Renaissance period, when Europe, unlike Byzantium, acquired the new attitudes and outlook towards the world.
www.pravmir.com is one of my favorite Orthodox websites...so many interesting and spiritually enlightening articles! I love that icon of Christ....do you know where it is from? It looks familiar, but very old.
It's the Saviour by Andrei Rublev.1410 - 1420s. Tempera on wood. 158 x 106.The Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia.The central icon from three icons in Zvenigorod:The Saviour, the Archangel Michael, the Apostle Paul.