Richard Challoner School

Why do Byzantine icons look the way they do?

"Walk into any Eastern Catholic church or household, and you will immediately be met by icons.

Seeing an icon—adorned with gold and other rich colors, often wreathed in candlelight and seemingly emanating its own interior light—is an experience that captivates the viewer almost involuntarily. These images are just so… otherworldly."

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