The Orthodox iconography, having crystallized its own expressive means, often creates in the unaccustomed viewer a sense of paradox, as it seems to distort reality. Thus, contrary to the principles of Italian Renaissance painting, Orthodox iconography is not trying to copy nature, but attempts to capture the idealized, spiritual dimension of the content of forms. The scenes and persons are not placed in the natural corruptible world that surrounds us, but are projected in the world of the Kingdom of heaven, where everything is incorruptible. Consequently, the Orthodox iconography is not painting with a religious content, but a pictorial language which borrows from the material world in order to represent another, intangible and spiritual world, which reflects the theological views and the doctrines of the Orthodox Christian faith.