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'''Iconographers''' translate revealed [[scripture]] and divine truths into visual images, writing the [[icon]] with consecrated brushes, paints, and materials. Ideally, they should be pious individuals trained by holy fathers.  [[Monks]] and [[nuns]], therefore, have traditionally been the primary source of icons.
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An '''iconographer''' in Orthodox Christianity is a practitioner of iconography, the art of icon painting. The word iconographer means "image writer", and comes from the Greek εικον (image) and γραφειν (to write).
  
Iconographers should [[prayer|pray]], [[fasting|fast]], and avoid worldly excitement during their work.  Individual interpretation should be kept to a minimum as their task is to pass on tradition by replicating previous icons within prescribed limits.  Traditionally, works should remain anonymous, but if signed, be inscribed with the words, "Through the hand of [name]."
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Iconographers translate revealed [[scripture]] and divine truths into visual images, writing/painting the [[icon]] with consecrated brushes, paints, and materials.  Ideally, they should be pious individuals trained by holy fathers.  [[Monks]] and [[nuns]], therefore, have traditionally been the primary source of icons.
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Iconographers traditionally [[prayer|pray]], [[fasting|fast]], and avoid worldly excitement during their work.  Individual interpretation is ideally be kept to a minimum as the task is to pass on tradition by replicating previous icons within prescribed limits.  Throughout most of Church history, icons have remained anonymous, but in recent decades some iconographers have begun to sign their work with "Through the hand of [name]."
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
 
*[[Iconography]]
 
*[[Iconography]]
 
*[[List of modern iconographers]]
 
*[[List of modern iconographers]]
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==External links==
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iconography Wikipedia: Iconography]
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*[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Icon Wikipedia: Icon]
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[[Category:Iconographers]]

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An iconographer in Orthodox Christianity is a practitioner of iconography, the art of icon painting. The word iconographer means "image writer", and comes from the Greek εικον (image) and γραφειν (to write).

Iconographers translate revealed scripture and divine truths into visual images, writing/painting the icon with consecrated brushes, paints, and materials. Ideally, they should be pious individuals trained by holy fathers. Monks and nuns, therefore, have traditionally been the primary source of icons.

Iconographers traditionally pray, fast, and avoid worldly excitement during their work. Individual interpretation is ideally be kept to a minimum as the task is to pass on tradition by replicating previous icons within prescribed limits. Throughout most of Church history, icons have remained anonymous, but in recent decades some iconographers have begun to sign their work with "Through the hand of [name]."

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