How should be an iconographer

An iconographer should ideally have an intense ascetic life, since his internal state will be reflected in the way he paints his icons. In general, all artists express their internal world through their external art. That’s why everybody, but especially artists, must, with their internal eye, depict the beauty of Paradise rather than the pain of Hell.
The internal eye of this photograph shows an iconographer from Vatopaidi’s workshop painting a copy of the miracle-working icon of the Mother of God, Paramythia (our Consolation).