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Tips concerning the Nine Choirs of Angels & authoring the icons of Angels: new section
* Andrei Rublev - Christ the Redeemer, 1409 (Russian)
* Simon Ushakov - Christ 'Not Painted by Human Hands', 1657 (Russian)
== Tips concerning the Nine Choirs of Angels & authoring the icons of Angels ==
This is excerpt is from p18 of The Painter's Manual of Dionysus of Fourna as translated by Paul Hetherington, it was posted on an Orthodox thread [ 1] by a "Mary Halloran Snyder" who is studying iconography and is using this material as part of her Iconography research materials. It answers a lot of icon related questions on how to "author" the angels:
:There are nine choirs of Angels as shown by Dionysus the Areopagite, and they are divided into three orders.
:The First Order Thrones, Cherubim, Seraphim. Thrones are represented as fiery wheels with wings all around and with eyes in the wings, they are all entertwined in the form of a king's throne. Cherubim have one head only and two wings. Seraphim have six wings of which two cover their faces, and two their feet and the other two as if spread for flight; in their hands each has a fan on which are these words; "Holy Holy Holy" it was like this that the prophet Isaiah saw them. The tetramorphs are represented thus: they have six wings and upon their heads each have a crown, they have the faces of angels, and they hold the Gospels before their breasts with both hands. Between the two wings above their heads there is an eagle, while there is a lion between the wings on their right, and an ox between those on their left. These animals look up and hold the Gospels their their feet. They appeared thus to the prophet Ezekiel.
:The Second Order that is to say, rank -- Dominations, Powers, Virtues. These are represented wearing robes down to their feet, with girdles and greenish gold stoles, and holding golden rods in their right hands and in their left a seal with this sign (a circle with an x in it)
:The Third Order -- Principalities, Archangels, Angels. These are represented wearing soldier's clothes with golden girdles. They hold spears in their hands of which the tops are pointed and have blades like axe heads."
Can we incorporate this information into the "iconography article" in any way before it is lost into the nothing land? [[User:Ixthis888|Vasiliki]] 00:30, December 19, 2008 (UTC)

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