Hope always draws the soul from the beauty which is seen to what is beyond, always kindles the desire for the hidden through what is constantly perceived. Therefore, the ardent lover of beauty, although receiving what is always visible as an image of what he desires, yet longs to be filled with the very stamp of the archetype.
— Saint Gregory of Nyssa
On View: The Fourth Day of Creation, by Betsy Porter, as seen in the Visual Preludes 2003. From 'Byzantine-Style Icons' by Betsy Porter at ecva.org.