Ushanov Yu.A.

Hypothesis about the Use of Ergot Sclerotia in the Old Russian Iconography

This article shows the importance of research on the nature of the materials used in the ancient iconography that gave a special glow of pure colors and the luminosity of the faces to the icon created in the XIV–XV centuries. The approach to use such materials for the icons was lost by the old masters in the second half of the XVI century and nowadays it is considered to be the greatest riddle of the Orthodox icons. There are almost no scientific publications discussing this issue.