Some Examples of Icons

A few examples of icons are included here. In spite of the fact that there are far too many icons to be considered, observation of a few examples is helpful in understanding both iconography and some themes in icons. The physical features of the subjects of icons, discussed earlier, are evident in these examples.

There are many icons of Christ. Some of the most common are the Acheiroppoietos Icon (made without human hands) which was discussed earlier, and Pantocrator (the one who presides over the world), seated on the throne, with scroll or book.125 An example of Christ Pantocrator is included on the next page.126 This icon is found in all Orthodox Churches. It is generally painted in the dome above the center of the Nave.