Acheiropoieta: are they extraordinary portraits of Christ’s face «created» by God’s Word Himself or a sort of ingenious invention made by the christian community to legitimate its sacred images? This is the point the research on the «images not made by man’s hands» has been turning around for centuries. The investigation on these images should take their original context as a starting point: the icon Tradition in the christian East. Only after understanding the theological essence of the icons for the dogmatic, liturgical and revelative value they have had and are still having in the Orthodoxy, research will be able to deal with Acheiropoieta in their complexity, adding this data – which cannot be ignored – to the results of the historical-critical studies.
(author: Emanuela Fogliadini)