ICONOGRAPHY AND STYLE AT THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL. TRADITION AND CONTINUITY
The character of the testimony of faith that the icon bears is closely related to the character of preserving the consciousness of perpetuating the presence of God in Christian life. These two important characters of the icon take the form of a full visual testament recorded on the walls of the People’s Salvation Cathedral, meant to carry forward the teaching of the Orthodox Church and Christian followers.
The perspective of the importance of the path tailored to learning is also based on the words of artist Horia Paștină who explains that “A road that does not lead to learning is a road that leads nowhere.” Therefore, nothing is accidental, everything has order, both in the content of the iconographic representations and in their forms of stylistic expression that cover the interior of the People’s Salvation Cathedral.
By using sources of inspiration from both Byzantine art and medieval Romanian art, through their iconographic conception, the stylistic manner that is adopted, the ornamental repertoire that is used, the mosaics of the People’s Salvation Cathedral aim to visibly reproduce the local character in church art. It can be fully expressed only by truly assuming our iconography of Byzantine tradition, namely by the firm anchoring in the safe soil of centuries-old tradition, the tradition being a living chain that starts from the past, lives in the present and bears fruit in the future.