Orthodox Church Paintingg

Orthodox Church Painting is undoubtedly linked to the sanctuary of the Orthodox cult. One can hardly imagine an Orthodox church without the wall paintings that usually cover the entire interior surface of the church walls, and sometimes even the exterior surface, as is the case of Romanian churches in the North of Moldavia; the exceptions from this general rule are few and they are only explained by the unfavourable historical contexts (as is the case of some churches in Moldavia and Ardeal that are also historical monuments), by the lack of financial support for the painting, or by the influence of Protestant cults whose members have been the cohabitants of Orthodox church-goers, in some multinational regions.
As all sacred art, the art of religious paintings (church painting in general) cannot be understood in its true content and sense unless it is part of the Church and its liturgical and sacramental life. Independent from the Church and the religious life, the art of religious painting can only be partially and incompletely understood, if not completely erroneously, as is sometimes the case in the works of some laic historians and art critics.