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Offline Ioannis Climacus

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On Lilies and Icons
« on: January 29, 2014, 11:34:29 PM »
I would pose a question to those familiar with the history of iconography. In the art of the Christian west, the Annunciation is commonly portrayed in a very particular manner. The angel Gabriel is most often shown bowing before the virgin, whilst presenting her with a white lily (either in hand or in a vase). This is a fair example :


Is this symbolism prevalent in the oldest of icons? Some icons I have seen have lilies while others do not (and I am curious as to when this type of depiction became common).
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Re: On Lilies and Icons
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2014, 12:04:06 AM »
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Is this symbolism prevalent in the oldest of icons?

No, it is not.

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Some icons I have seen have lilies while others do not (and I am curious as to when this type of depiction became common).

Such imagery was not a feature of pre-17th century iconography. It began appearing after this, through the influence of Renaissance art, which led to the increasing use of a naturalistic painting style, and the incorporation of motifs from western religious art.
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Re: On Lilies and Icons
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2014, 04:47:19 PM »
I had a feeling that may have been the case. Thank you, LBK.
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