- Hardcover: 219 pages
- Publisher: Rizzoli; 1st edition (November 15, 1990)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0847809528
- ISBN-13: 978-0847809523
- Package Dimensions: 11.9 x 8.8 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 12 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,061,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Russian Icons 1st Edition
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In examining the evolution of Russian iconography, this book opens a new window on Russian religious life. Icons hold a central place in the Russian Orthodox faith, and their story is both a celebration of 1000 years of Christianity in Russia and a history of the church in relation to the political milieu. Icons are revelations of the divine, and some icon artists have been beatified. Looking at the plates, the reader will understand why: the images have great beauty and intensity. The publisher states that 100 of the 160 plates have never before been published. For that reason alone, many libraries may want to consider this volume. Recommended for academic libraries and public libraries that can afford it.
- Lucy Patrick, Florida State Univ. Lib., Tallahassee
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Text: English, Italian (translation)
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Ch. 1 is "Ancient Russian Iconography from the 10th to 12th Centuries." Ch. 2 focuses on 13th-15th c. Novgorod. Ch. 3 discusses progress in the Pskov school. Ch. 4 talks about 14th-15th c. Moscow. The 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries each has its own chapter discussing progress, developments, and changes in Russian iconography of their respective periods. Great artists such as Theophanes the Greek, Rublev, and Ushakov are discussed, along with their contributions.
It is profusely illustrated, and it's possible to enjoy the book without reading a word. The commentary generally addresses the history of iconography in Russia, and says very little about how to interpret the artistic conventions and symbolism of specific imagery. If anyone can recommend a book on the subject that does address it, there's a gap in my library waiting for such a book...