Latin, from Greek eikōn, from eikenai to resemble
No one has seen God at any time
Of old, God was never depicted. Now, however, when God is seen, clothed in flesh and conversing with man, I make an image of God, of the God whom I can see. I do not worship matter. I worship the God of matter who became matter for my sake …. to work out my salvation through matter.
St John of Damascus