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Metropolitan's personal experiences

"I was a very young boy when, standing in front of the iconostasis of our old wooden church in Prylbychi, I felt that kind of incomprehensible emotion that now I call an artistic emotion."

"I felt some of it [artistic emotion] in front of the works of Bellini, Giotto, Fra Angelica, all the great painters who relied on primitive Christian Culture, and, therefore, partly on Byzantine artistic culture." (A. Sheptytsky, "My Reminiscences on the Subject of the Museum Collections", 1930)