The most sought-after and rarest icons on the antiquarian market are those of the 17th and 18th centuries. The first icons have much more remote origins. They are born between the IV and the V century AD in Byzantium and from there they spread in almost all the eastern regions of Christianity up to the iconoclasm (VIII-IX century) which destroyed almost all the production of sacred art.
The very few icons of that period are now kept by museums or by some lucky private individual. However, a change to the pictorial style of the icons is given in the fifteenth century by Andrei Rublev, considered the greatest Russian painter of all time. Rublev interrupted the traditional static nature of the figures by changing the austerity of the Byzantine style.Latest arrivals