Creating free-standing, three-dimensional sculptures of holy figures was resisted by Christians for many centuries, out of the belief that demons inhabited pagan sculptures, and also to make a clear distinction between Christian and pagan art. To this day, in obedience to the commandment not to make “graven images”, Orthodox icons may never be more than three-quarter bas relief.
My two cents
This is old school (and I mean that in a good way). It’s interesting looking at the way that 21st century Christians interpret the Bible, and too often it seems that they are unaware of (or ignore) the original interpretations of early Christianity. I feel like the only one who cares, and it’s a bit frustrating. Even when it relates to statues and the like.
Speaking of statues, I think of the Christo Redentor, that huge statue of Jesus that they have in Rio De Janiero, which I guess isn’t Orthodox. I really love how something as physically imposing as that would be erected for all (passing atheists) to see…but if it’s wrong to make graven images…
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