Thursday, February 16, 2012

St. Elias, Greek Orthodox Church's Icons #2



 Yesterday I introduce a major icon in a beautiful church in Eldorado, New Mexico, named Saint Elias the prophet Greek Orthodox Church, which was established in 1992.

"Byzantine iconography is meant to cover the entire interior of the church.  It truly assists the faithful in feeling that they have been transported into heaven.  Since 1998, distinguished Greek iconographers Maria Sigala nod Nikos Spanopoulos, a husband and wife team, have painted the icons on canvas in Greece, then installed them at  St. Elias." Credit: Guide to the Icons


When we went to the church to see the icons, one of the parishioners who had taught Art History at Wellesley before retiring gave us an outstanding tour and explanation of the art work and history of the parish, inviting us back later.  Last Sunday (2/12/12)  we attended their service and stayed for coffee and a light snack afterwards.  What a welcoming parish! Had good conversations with several parishioners.

11 comments:

  1. les icônes sont magnifiques, on a aussi une église orthodoxe avec de superbes icônes, mais il est interdit de faire des photos

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  2. Love the beautiful blues and yellows. They truly are heavenly.

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  3. Such beautiful paintings and friendly people too! Sounds like a wonderful experience.

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  4. How interesting that Byzantine iconography is meant to cover the entire interior of a church. That's a LOT of art!

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  5. The few Greek Orthodox churches I have been in have surprised me with how bold the colors are, as your photos show.

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  6. I hadn't realized how recently the art was created. It's really rich and beautiful.

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  7. Heavenly just Heavenly! Visual references to go along with the scriptures!

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  8. This is amazing. Who would think you'd find such a parish or such art treasures in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It's a long way from Greece! :-)

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  9. Wonderul icons!
    Thanks for sharing. And thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment;o)

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