Over many centuries, art and the Orthodox faith have intertwined and flowed into each other. What types of crafts are found in Orthodox arts?
The orthodox church is where people come to pray, confess their sins, listen to priests’ sermons, light candles, write notes, kiss icons, read prayers.
However, the church is not only about lighting candles and speaking prayers. It is in this place that you can enjoy real art as well.
«Religion and art are closely related to each other.»
There are five general types of arts in Orthodox religion:
- Temple architecture — external and internal decoration.
- Frescoes are wall paintings.
- Fine arts — icon painting.
- Musical arts — prayers singing.
- Jewelry art is a decorative setting on icons made of precious materials, church utensils, icons, kiota, foldings, candlesticks, church crosses, cross pendants, and rings with Jesus’s crucifix.
Orthodox jewelry carries on strictly spiritual purposes.
Nowadays, jewelry artisans create beautiful pieces of orthodox art items. These are cross pendants, rings, bells, icons framed with precious metals, church utensils, and much more.
Orthodox jewelry crafts are always made by hand, endowed with the invaluable energy of their creator. They bear the imprint of the spiritual content and the craftsman’s imagination.
The cross is the main shrine for Orthodox Christians. It was on it that the Lord accepted death in the name of humanity. For this reason, a pious tradition arose to offer prayers to him. For this, accordingly, Orthodox believers place crucifixes in churches and houses. Modern artisans make orthodox crosses of fantastic beauty!
Cross Pendants of Jesus’s Crucifix
The pectoral cross is a shrine worn by all Orthodox Christians. A cross pendant for an Orthodox Christian is not just a stylish decoration. These are shrines priceless to the heart of a believer. A pectoral cross pendant is usually worn attached to an appropriate chain, string, or lace.
It is recommended that the chain and the pendant you will wear are made of the same metal. However, white gold and silver can be effectively combined. For example, chains made of silver look great with gold crosses that have a white gold insert.
Modern manufacturing provides many products made of basic or precious materials decorated with precious stones.
Be sure to remember the most important book of all times and people — the Bible. Such a book can be an impressive piece of art in any home library of an Orthodox person. There is a variety of handmade books offered for purchase in a Russian Orthodox monastery. Some of them feature hardcover coated in natural black leather with metal corners.
Russian Orthodox Icons
Unlike an ordinary painting, an Icon is a work of art of a special kind. The Orthodox Church Fathers argue that the iconic image goes back to the prototype and is not the artist’s perception of the gospel faces, events but captures the divine, supernatural image.
The icon is what should be in the home of every Orthodox Christian. Turning to a saint with prayer, people strengthen their faith, restore mental balance, and protect themselves from temptations and temptations.
Where to Buy Orthodox Art?
Many people believe that it is safer to buy orthodox art items only in the temple. However, many specialized online stores sell handcrafted items with safe and convenient payment options and worldwide delivery.
Please visit the Andcross Orthodox Art online store where you can buy all the described above truly unique handmade orthodox icons, books, candles, bells, an extensive collection of jewelry, and various orthodox art souvenirs.