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Russia's greatest contribution to world history is the art of Russian Iconography.
The style of this elegant art is a combination of the ancient Byzantine art form and western influences.
The movement to start humanizing the figures depicted on the icon
originated in Russia.
Art throughout history has a way of morphing into the current generations concept of expression. It is meant to convey a message. To touch the soul in places that goes beyond the written or oral word. Art can be many things, but ultimately the goal is to create a yearning desire in the heart of the beholder. A yearning for knowledge, or change, and for some faith. This is true even for the early century iconographers of Russia.