The art of Icons in the Orthodox Church is called “hagiography” (holy painting), because it depicts holy figures and subjects. The “hagiographer” (the hagiography painter) is not simply a craftsman executing a painted representation of a religious subject, but he has a spiritual role, which he fulfils in the church, just like the priest, and the preacher.
For this reason, liturgical art does not change like other human affairs, but it is immutable like the Church of Christ, which it expresses. The holy tradition is the column of fire that leads the church through the desert of the unstable world. This seems odd to the people of the present century who are not prepared to dive into the depths of the spiritual sea but rather swim on the surface of the senses, carried away by the currents and the turbulent waters.