On icons of God the Father

The image and likeness is the real foundation of all iconicity realized by man, whether by word or in some other way. The icon cannot be confused or identified with that which is portrayed, but neither can it be separated from that which is portrayed . . . The iconicity in the icon is formed by its inscription, by the name given to it . . . of divine revelation. The picture in the icon is a hieroglyph of the name (Bulgakov).