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There were many changes over the period of the Byzantine era, that included changes to art and their way of thinking. I don’t think necessarily they were trying to create graven images or idols but to remember and use physical items to strengthen their faith. Perhaps it was more of reminders that they believed there is something above them and to practice their religion. In the “Virgin and child with saints and angel’s icon’ I could see how people may have come and pondered over it, and may have believed it held power that could help them in their lives. Unfortunately, Icons like that were destroyed based on belief of people worshiping them. Perhaps the visual creations helped people feel a physical connection with their God and they may have gotten attached to such items. Fortunately, the Iconoclasm periods didn’t last too long as later on it was more acceptable to have these creations.