Byzantine Icons experienced a great revival in the 20th century, combined efforts of both the East and West. The Byzantine Revival began around 1930 in Greece and experienced popularity in the late 1980s when communism collapsed in Eastern Europe.
Although it is a beautiful art form, and has experienced a great revival, many people are still unfamiliar with Byzantine Icons.
Byzantine Icons is a sacred form of painting. They are frescoes, icons and mosaics of Mother Mary, our Savior Jesus Christ, and other saints. They are said to be Byzantine Icons because they were created in the Byzantine Empire and were a large part of the Orthodox Church.
These Icons are best known because of their vivid colors, gold backgrounds, and because of the religious importance of the persons depicted.
In Byzantine icons every aspect of the icon is symbolic. For instance, in many iconic paintings the ears of Christ are large, and the mouth small. This is meant to symbolize the great capacity of Christ to listen, and the wisdom with which he speaks.