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Welcome to the Ikonographers blog - blog for the Valentino Byzantine Icon Studio: For the full list of services offered by our Byzantine Icon studio please visit: Icon painting and Gold leafing workshops / master classes. Please visit our icon-painting classes info: rrrrrabotnichki Byzantine Iconography – is the oldest and only Christian art form survived unchanged for the past 2000 years. The term 'icon' - icona, ikona, икона (Russian) comes from the Greek word eikona (εἰκών, eikōn, ) which simply means image. The Eastern Orthodox believe that the first icons of Christ and the Virgin Mary were painted by St. Luke the Evangelist.