Russian icons are typically paintings on
often small, though. The Russian icon
the most significant art form in Russian
art. The technique of writing the Russian
evolved from the Byzantine Empire. The
iconographers of Russia used painters’
that originated in the golden age of
art. This early religious Russian art and
art provided the foundation for the
of the secular and non-secular art.
This icon depicts the Archangel Michael, one
the most celebrated of the Angels and
powers. He is known as the angel of the
bush through which God spoke to Moses.
responsible not only for fighting and Satan
during the warm but he also leads the
In Russian iconography, Archangel Michael
most likely to be wearing red. His head is
encircled by a gold halo. In iconographic
manners, gold is not considered to be a
or a colour, but is likened to light itself. He is
depicted as winged and is shown as young,
strong and handsome. He wears a coat of
His wings are conspicuous and grand. He
his hand an orb in his hands. It is believed
the orb carried by the archangel belongs to
Christ and represents the kingdom of the
enthroned Divine King.
'Beyond Byzantium,' New York, 1996.
'Icons of Russia,' Chicago, 1995.