In any case; “By the time of Justinian it was accepted that iconography was to be used as a servant of the Christian faith.”14

Another legendary origin of the icon is the account of St. Luke painting icons of Mary and the Christ child.15 Orthodox tradition holds that Luke painted three of these icons.16 Again, we have no evidence of such occurrences. There is very little evidence that paintings or icons were used in the church prior to 250CE.17

14 John Baggley. Doors of Perception: Icons And Their Spiritual Significance. (Crestwood, NY: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1988), p. 17.
15 Zibawi, 1993, p. 29.
16 Ouspensky, 1992, p. 60.
17 Baggley, 1988, p. 8.