Past meets Present: Contemporary Byzantine Iconography parallels elements of graphic design

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I’m delighted to have stumbled upon these examples of contemporary Byzantine iconography—an art I’d long ago mentally shelved as an item of art history past.

The work of Ukranian artist Valentin Streltsov and his team could be right out of the history books (from what I’ve seen as an art student; I claim no expertise in the style), but unlike said books, with Stretltsov, we have the opportunity to view photographs of massive murals in the works.

With its vibrant colors, dazzling gold foil, simplified forms, and geometric boldness, the Byzantine style’s parallels to graphic design are hard to miss. This distant cousin to graphic designers is most welcome here as a source of inspiration!

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