Tradition, in the Orthodox Church, in many senses has equal authority to the scripture. This understanding is important in an overview of the use of Icon. Icon painters were required to adhere to tradition, both of icon painting itself as well as of the church in general.3 This is consistent with the idea that Scripture itself was written according to Tradition.

1 Leonid Ouspensky. Theology of the Icon: Volumes 1 & 2. (Crestwood: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1992), p. 136.
2 Leonid Ouspensky & Vladimir Lossky. The Meaning of Icons. (Crestwood, NY: St Vladimir’s
Seminary Press, 1983), p. 11.
3 Ouspensky, p. 296