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Orthodox Iconography

Translated by: Paul Bălan
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This book contains four essays dealing with the history of Orthodox iconography, the iconographic decoration of churches, the functions of icons, as well as the theology and aesthetics of Byzantine iconography. It also includes three appendices on important texts of early Christianity on icons, explanations of iconographic techniques, and an analysis of two Russian books on icons.
An icon is not an end in itself; it is not just an aesthetic object to be admired for any artistic merit it has, but it is essentially a symbol, leading us beyond it. It is meant to lead us from the physical and psychophysical world to the spiritual one. And so she is, as St. John of Damascus says, a model of something heavenly. Iconography manages to depict holiness, by revealing the divine world, not only through the theme used, but also through the way of...

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This book contains four essays dealing with the history of Orthodox iconography, the iconographic decoration of churches, the functions of icons, as well as the theology and aesthetics of Byzantine iconography. It also includes three appendices on important texts of early Christianity on icons, explanations of iconographic techniques, and an analysis of two Russian books on icons.
An icon is not an end in itself; it is not just an aesthetic object to be admired for any artistic merit it has, but it is essentially a symbol, leading us beyond it. It is meant to lead us from the physical and psychophysical world to the spiritual one. And so she is, as St. John of Damascus says, a model of something heavenly. Iconography manages to depict holiness, by revealing the divine world, not only through the theme used, but also through the way of expression. The meaning of the icon consists, in fact, in what it conveys or, rather, gives visual testimony to these two realities, the reality of God and the world, of grace and nature. Like the Holy Scriptures, icons convey a historical fact, an event in holy history, or a historical figure, depicted in its real physical form, and again as in the Holy Scriptures, it indicates revelation that is outside the body, contained in a reality. given history. Thus, through the icon, as through the Holy Scriptures, we not only learn about God but also know God.

 

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Publishing date: 
2016
Pages: 
114
ISBN: 
978-606-666-593-3
Cover type: 
broșată
Format: 
13 x 20 cm

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