Sight and the Byzantine icon


  • Angeliki Lymberopoulou Open University



icons, Orthodoxy, sight, Byzantine Empire, Byzantine art


This article addresses the sense of sight through case studies drawn from Byzantine art, the art of Orthodox Christianity. Vision is central to Orthodox worship, facilitated by images known as icons. By enabling the visualization of the invisible divine, the importance of icons is paramount in enhancing the faithful’s religious experience.

Author Biography

Angeliki Lymberopoulou, Open University

Angeliki Lymberopoulou is senior lecturer in Byzantine art and culture at the Open University, United Kingdom. She is primarily interested in cross-cultural interaction between Byzantine East and Latin West. Her research focuses primarily on the social and religious concerns of artists and patrons as reflected in the artistic production of Crete under Venetian domination (1211–1669) and to what extent this production is indicative of and directly related to the trading industry in the island during this period.


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How to Cite

Lymberopoulou, A. (2018). Sight and the Byzantine icon. Body and Religion, 2(1), 46–67.