Iconostasis

ISBN-10: 0881411175
ISBN-13: 9780881411171
Edition: 1996
Authors: Pavel Florensky
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Description: Born in 1882, Fr Pavel Florensky was a brilliant philosopher, theologian, scientist, and art historian who, in 1911, became an Orthodox priest. By the time of the 1917 Bolshevik revolution, Fr Pavel had become a leading voice in Russia's great  More...

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Book details

List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: Saint Vladimir's Seminary Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 166
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.484
Language: English

Born in 1882, Fr Pavel Florensky was a brilliant philosopher, theologian, scientist, and art historian who, in 1911, became an Orthodox priest. By the time of the 1917 Bolshevik revolution, Fr Pavel had become a leading voice in Russia's great movement in religious philosophy, a movement whose roots lay in the rich ground of nineteenth-century Russian monasticism and whose branches included the work of Bulgakov, Berdiaev, and Solovyev. In the 1920s and 1930s the Soviets violently destroyed this splendor of Russian religious thought. In 1922, Fr Pavel was silenced, and, after a decade of forced scientific work for the regime, he was arrested on false charges, tried, imprisoned, and, in 1937, murdered by KGB directive. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn honored Fr Pavel in The Gulag Archipelago. Iconostasis is Fr Pavel's final theological work. Composed in 1922, it explores in highly original terms the significance of the icon: its philosophic depth, its spiritual history, its empirical technique. In doing so, Fr Pavel also sketched a new history of both Western religious art and the Orthodox icon: a history under the direct operation of the Holy Spirit. The work is original, challenging and profoundly articulate. This translation is the first complete English version.

Boris Jakim is an experienced translator of Russian religious thought. In addition to Florensky's work, he has translated the works of S. L. Frank, Vladimir Solovyov, and Sergius Bulgakov. He is also cotranslator of Ivan Goncharov's novel The Precipice.

Preface
Introduction
Introduction: The Spiritual Structure of Dreams
Spiritual Sobriety and the Iconic Face
Orthodox Services and the Icon
The Councils on the Icon and the Iconpainter's Canonic Life
A Dialogue with Sophia Ivanova
The History of Artistic Technique, Western and Iconic
Iconic Clothes and the Meaning of Gold
The Ontology of Making the Icon
The Metaphysics of Light and St. Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians
Conclusion: The Egyptian Death-Mask and the Life of the Saint
Index

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