The course aims at providing the basis for painting an icon according to the traditional techniques used by the masters of drawing and orthodox iconographic painting. In order to approach this art and apply it at its best, it is essential to master the technique and then, in a way, to “forget it”, leaving room for inspiration to create completely original works.
Therefore studying, observing, analyzing and copying the works of the greatest masters, at least initially, is a fundamental exercise to learn from them all the secrets of this art. The greatest iconographers such as Andreij Rublev, Theophanes the Greek, Panselinos teach us that their inspiration has always been driven by an idea, that of representing not only the external aspect of things, but also their inner essence that lies beyond the sensitive matter and that enlivens it.
The graphic and aesthetic characteristics, the lines and proportions of a figure are essential elements that become a tool to express the beauty of the soul, magnetism, inner strength, intelligence, wisdom, spiritual stature of the portrayed subject.