Icons

ISBN-10: 0674026195

ISBN-13: 9780674026193

Edition: 2007

Authors: Robin Cormack
List price: $22.95
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Description: Byzantine and Russian Orthodox icons are perhaps the most enduring form of religious art ever developed--and one of the most mysterious. This book, featuring the painted panels made for churches and for prayer at home, provides an accessible guide to their story and power. Illustrated mostly with Cretan, Greek, and Russian examples from the British Museum, which houses Britain's most important collection of icons, the book examines icons in the context of the history of Christianity, as well as within the perspective of art history. Robin Cormack, a preeminent expert on the subject, explains how icons were made, framed, and displayed. He investigates their subject matter, showing how scenes can be identified, how the iconography developed over centuries, and what role portraiture plays in their imagery. Icons have not lost their power in much of the world, and Cormack considers their continuing use in our day--whether in a religious setting or as an inspiration to modern-day artists like Matisse. A uniquely accessible and authoritative introduction to this distinctive art form, Icons defines its subject's unusual place at the intersection of religion, Russian culture, and art history.

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List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 9/30/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 144
Size: 8.50" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.694
Language: English

Elizabeth Jeffreys is Emeritus Bywater and Sotheby Professor of Byzantine and Modern Greek Language and Literature, Oxford University, and Emeritus Fellow of Exeter College. John Haldon is Professor of Byzantine History, Princeton University. Robin Cormack is Professor Emeritus, History ofArt, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London and Honorary Professor in the History of Classical Art, University of Nottingham.

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