Icons: Divine Beauty


Richard Temple’s lavishly illustrated book provides a concise but thorough tour through the ages, including famous works, as well as many rarely seen, making this a truly unique contribution to the field of art history and appreciation.

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Richard Temple’s lavishly illustrated book provides a concise but thorough tour through the ages, including famous works, as well as many rarely seen, making this a truly unique contribution to the field of art history and appreciation.

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Library Journal
Driven by his passion, foremost icon dealer Temple draws on 40 years of collecting and study to create this excellent survey of Christian icons, which have long been all but ignored in the literature outside of academic circles. Temple outlines the origins of icons from the pre-Christian, Egyptian, and Roman eras, through the early Byzantine church, to their development in Greece and Crete, constructing a history that includes influencing the early Italian Renaissance in composition and iconography and bringing together Eastern and Western culture. With the rise of Islam, many Greek and Cretan artists migrated to Russia, where they were nurtured from the 15th century, developing the Russian school better known to Westerners since the end of the Cold War. The extreme beauty and spirituality of these objects is conveyed with clarity and conviction in this lavishly illustrated and well-designed book, which is suitable for readers from the uninitiated to the scholarly. Over 150 color illustrations, an informative glossary, and a useful bibliography are provided, as is a summary of principal icon themes. Recommended for museum, academic, and large public art book collections. Ellen Bates, New York Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780863565663
  • Publisher: Saqi Books
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 803,374
  • Product dimensions: 9.60 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Richard Temple has owned and operated London's Temple Gallery since 1959, and has been instrumental in acquiring important icons for some of the world's foremost collections, including the British Museum. He is the author of Icons and the Mystical Origins of Christianity.

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Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Preface 9
Origins 15
The Oldest Icons 19
Iconoclasm 20
The Macedonian Renaissance 25
Story Images 27
The Split between East and West 29
The Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries 32
The Fourteenth-Century Paleologan Renaissance 42
Spiritual Hierarchies 50
Crete 51
Cyprus 67
The Balkans 75
The Pre-Mongolian Period in Russia, 1000-1240 82
Novgorod 84
The Moscow School 108
The Sixteenth Century 133
The Seventeenth Century and Later 178
Some Principal Icon Themes in Brief 195
Glossary 210
Select Bibliography 217
Index 219
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