Icons and miniature paintings

Copyright Keith Kenney, 2011

Copyright Susanna Melo, 2011

Our apartment walls had many nails and we recently asked our landlords what was hanging from these nails. They responded, “icons.” Icons are generally flat-panel paintings of saints or other religious figures; they may never be more than three-quarter bas relief because artists must obey the commandment not to make “graven images.” The nails in our apartment have been removed, but each room in our apartment has a small sticker (similar to the one on the right) to remind one of one’s faith in Christianity.

I have no desire to purchase an icon, and I generally ignore the stickers, but I enjoy some icon-type art. For example, in Art Gallery Vanda, I like this miniature painting in an interesting silver frame. I’ve also seen other miniature paintings of whimsical subjects in elaborate frames in other Tbilisi galleries.


About keithrkenney
Keith Kenney is a professor of visual communication at the University of South Carolina. He is living in Tbilisi, Georgia, for a year. This blog is about several topics. "CSJMM-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the Caucasus School of Journalism and Media Management in Tbilisi, Georgia. "USC-Journalism" is about the students, faculty and staff members of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications (SJMC) at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC. CSJMM and SJMC are recipients of a "Journalism School Partnership" program grant from the US Department of State. The purpose of this $750,000 grant is to improve CSJMM and ensure its sustainability. "Tbilisi, Georgia" is about Susanna Melo and my experiences in Tbilisi. "Columbia, SC" will be about our experiences in our home town--Columbia--when we return home. "Georgia" is about Susanna and my experiences when we travel in Georgia outside of Tbilisi. "United States" is about our experiences traveling in the US. "Films and Photography" is about two documentary films I'm working on in Georgia. One story follows how Adishi handles the rapid tourism that is being developed in Svaneti. The other story follows Tamaz Jalagania, who is a craftsman of swords and guns, an opera singer, and an extraordinary storyteller. "Scholarship" is about my current books, articles, reviews, and grants.

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