The Icon Handbook

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Although the symbolism of the Christian art of Western Europe is extensively covered in the English-language art literature, the visual clues to Russian Orthodox painting have remained obscure to those without a reading knowledge of German or Russian. Formerly a curator at Maryhill Museum of Art, Coomler has tried to make Russian Orthodox iconography more accessible by presenting 182 illustrations taken from prerevolutionary Russian sources and giving a short description of each with an explanation of the importance of the pictured saints. Interspersed throughout the text are short notes of a general nature touching on broader topics of technique, conservation, and caveats for collectors. The sketchy quality of the 174 black-and-white drawings and the modest quality of the eight color illustrations indicate that this book will serve better as a research tool for collectors and art historians than as an introduction to icons for the general reader. For larger art history collections.-David McClelland, Temple Univ. Lib., Philadelphia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872432109
  • Publisher: Templegate Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/1995
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 318,079
  • Product dimensions: 7.35 (w) x 9.11 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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