Icons and their dating
The technique of Byzantine art has traveled beyond the frontiers of the Empire, having a profound influence on the development of art especially in the Slavic nations.
Christian art first appeared in the catacombs which were underground rock-cut burial places widely spread up to the 6th Century.
In the narrower sense it refers to a devotional painted wooden panel.
The word ICON comes from the Greek word EIKONA, meaning image.In its broadest sense an icon is any representation of a sacred personage, produced in many media and sizes.