From the March/April, 2017 issue of Touchstone
art The Transfiguration by Mary Elizabeth Podles

A Thousand Words by Mary Elizabeth Podles

The Transfiguration

by Theophanes the Greek

In the Orthodox tradition, the first image that an iconographer "writes" is one of the Transfiguration, since every icon he will make thereafter is to be a reflection of the transfigured Christ. This Transfiguration, by the accomplished Theophanes the Greek (c.1340–1405), was surely not his first; it might have been his last. Theophanes had studied art and philosophy at the University at Constantinople, but by the late fourteenth century, that city was a good place to leave. He travelled in 1370 to Novgorod, and in 1375 to Moscow (where this icon now han . . .


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