Seeing the World with the Eyes of God: The Vision Implied by the Medieval Icon
By Clemena Antonova
Hortulus: The Online Community for Graduate Students in Medieval Studies, Vol. 1 (2005)
Abstract: Icons have the ability to convey a sense of the divine to even the most agnostic of observers. This article sheds light on the transcendental nature of icons by arguing that the spatial construction of iconic images allows the viewer to experience a form of divine vision that transcends the human constraints of time and space. Thus the experience of viewing an icon becomes a transcendental experience in itself.