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English version - Makedonska verzija

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Designed by

Stevan Trajkoski
Dijana Arsovska

prazno.gif (807 bytes) Standing in front of an icon is like standing under a clear starry night.

Everything in the icon has its own meaning - artistic, essential, and sacral. The type of the wood, the size of the plank, the essence of the foundation and the lacquer, the paint, the expression, the, "lack" of perspective - everything is in its place. Like the creation of the world, the creation of icons also begins with light - the golden settings from which, as from the sea of the elevated blessing, the forms of the icon are literally shaped.

They are not merely works of art, but a testimony too: a still alive spot of ancient wisdom voicelessly speaking out for the inseparable body and soul each intertwined with the other.

As a traditional Christian orthodox creation, the icon has a number of meanings, which focus on man as a central figure presenting him as the image of God. The holiness of the icons cannot be registered visually or expressed through words. What counts is the unique moment of facing an icon.


The material presented on this site originates from the monography
"Icons of Macedonia" by Kosta Balabanov, published by Tabernakul - Skopje.


Icons of Macedonia