Icons and Saints of the Eastern Orthodox Churchby Alfredo Tradigo, Stephen Sartarelli
Pub. Date: 05/31/2006
Publisher: Getty Publications
An icon (from the Greek word "eikon," "image") is a wooden panel painting of a holy person or scene from Orthodox Christianity, the religion of the Byzantine Empire that is practiced today mainly in Greece and Russia. It was believed that these works acted as intermediaries between worshipers and the holy personages they depicted. Their
An icon (from the Greek word "eikon," "image") is a wooden panel painting of a holy person or scene from Orthodox Christianity, the religion of the Byzantine Empire that is practiced today mainly in Greece and Russia. It was believed that these works acted as intermediaries between worshipers and the holy personages they depicted. Their pictorial language is stylized and primarily symbolic, rather than literal and narrative. Indeed, every attitude, pose, and color depicted in an icon has a precise meaning, and their paintersusually monksfollowed prescribed models from iconographic manuals.
The goal of this book is to catalogue the vast heritage of images according to iconographic type and subject, from the most ancient at the Monastery of Saint Catherine in the Sinai to those from Greece, Constantinople, and Russia. Chapters focus on the role of icons in the Orthodox liturgy and on common iconic subjects, including the fathers and saints of the Eastern Church and the life of Jesus and his followers. As with other volumes in the Guide to Imagery series, this book includes a wealth of color illustrations in which details are called out for discussion.
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I recently bought this book and am thoroughly enjoying it. I am an iconographer and have several books on iconography. If you are looking to make drawings from he images you'll need to find a larger book. This one fits in my purse (I have a rather large purse) so I can read it while at the doctor, etc. It gives a lot of detail and doesn't necessarily focus on the major, well known icons but introduces many lesser known works. It explains each detail of the iconostasis and is a great reference. If you love iconography or are just curious about it, this is an inexpensive way to get some good information on this beautiful sacred art.
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