81 – THE ECCLESIASTICAL IMAGE AS A CONVEYOR OF COMMUNICATION AND INFORMATION IN PILGRIMAGE TOURISM (PDF)
Maria Argyropoulou , Emmanouil Anevlavis, Vasiliki Anevlavi
Primary semantic condensations through symbols cannot be linguistically shaped as a whole by man. Condensation through images and symbols, which takes a form perceived both mentally and sensually, leads us to the study of the ecclesiastical image and how it affects expression and communication, functioning as an essential part of this condensation. The icon is intertwined with religious worship and religious tourism, as at the same time its creation is a special artistic system. As such, the system has its principles and values. Not looking for photographic resemblance to the original and its representation, this particular visual system records some of its features that shape its existence. The deliberate removal of the temporary and the perishable, but also the avoidance of attributing personal characteristics and emotions to the forms, are decisive elements in the formation of a form of communication. This communication draws its main part from the sacred and speaks of spiritual life, and which also draws from the treasure of myths and leads to religiosity. Also, this communication is ultimately based on icons that survive through their metaphysical truth and which do not need to change form every time to be perceived by the believer-viewer. The similarity observed in the interiority, in the moral-spiritual dimension of the icons is the one that defines them and separates them from any other art form over time.