Space, Time, and Presence in the Icon-Seeing the World with the Eyes of God

Space, Time, and Presence in the Icon-Seeing the World with the Eyes of God

by Clemena Antonova
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0754667987

ISBN-13: 9780754667988

Pub. Date: 02/01/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book contributes to the re-emerging field of 'theology through the arts' by proposing a way of approaching one of the most challenging theological concepts - divine timelessness - through the principle of construction of space in the icon. One of the main objectives of this book is to discuss critically the implications of 'reverse perspective', which is

Overview

This book contributes to the re-emerging field of 'theology through the arts' by proposing a way of approaching one of the most challenging theological concepts - divine timelessness - through the principle of construction of space in the icon. One of the main objectives of this book is to discuss critically the implications of 'reverse perspective', which is especially characteristic of Byzantine and Byzantining art. Drawing on the work of Pavel Florensky, one of the foremost Russian religious philosophers at the beginning of the 20th century, Antonova shows that Florensky's concept of 'supplementary planes' can be used productively within a new approach to the question. Antonova works up new criteria for the understanding of how space and time can be handled in a way that does not reverse standard linear perspective (as conventionally claimed) but acts in its own way to create eternalised images which are not involved with perspective at all. Arguing that the structure of the icon is determined by a conception of God who exits in past, present, and future, simultaneously, Antonova develops an iconography of images done in the Byzantine style both in the East and in the West which is truer to their own cultural context than is generally provided for by western interpretations. This book draws upon philosophy, theology and liturgy to see how relatively abstract notions of a deity beyond time and space enter images made by painters.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754667988
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Series:
Ashgate Studies in Theology, Imagination and the Arts Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
206
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction; The role of time in the pictorial art; On reverse perspective—a critical reading; Registering presence in the icon; 'Seeing the world with the eyes of God': an alternative explanation of 'reverse perspective'; Conclusion; Sample analysis: an analysis of Rublev's Trinity icon in the terms proposed in this book; Glossary of terms; Bibliography; Index.

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