Russian Icons

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The use and making of icons entered into popularity in Kievan Rus, following the regime’s conversion to Orthodox Christianity in AD 988. As a general rule, these icons strictly followed models and formulas hallowed by Byzantine art and Constantinople. As time passed, Russians widened the vocabulary of types and styles far beyond anything found elsewhere in the Orthodox world.