Russian Byzantine Painter
Cause of Death - old age
Dionysius was born into a family of painters and goldsmiths. He was apprenticed from a young age. He completed many great works in his long life time and is considered one of the greatest Russian icon painter of all time.
Icons are different than paintings and do not represent what a artist sees. There is certain rigid compositional formula that an Icon painter must follow. Icons play a part in the Orthodox Church ritual. Icons have been known to cure the sick, answer prayers and bring about miracles.
Most prominently featured in Dionysius's work are the holy figures of the Christian faith--the -Christ, Saints, The Cross, Virgin Mary, Chalice, Keys, The Anchor, Wheat , The Good Shepherd, and The Apostles
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References - The Story of Mankind by Hendrik van
Loon, published 1921