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Byzantine and Russian Orthodox icons are perhaps the most enduring form of religious art ever developed--and one of the most mysterious. This book, featuring the painted panels made for churches and for prayer at home, provides an accessible guide to their story and power. Illustrated mostly with Cretan, Greek, and Russian examples from the British Museum, which houses Britain's most important collection of icons, the book examines icons in the context of the history of Christianity, as well as within the perspective of art history.

Robin Cormack, a preeminent expert on the subject, explains how icons were made, framed, and displayed. He investigates their subject matter, showing how scenes can be identified, how the iconography developed over centuries, and what role portraiture plays in their imagery. Icons have not lost their power in much of the world, and Cormack considers their continuing use in our day--whether in a religious setting or as an inspiration to modern-day artists like Matisse.

A uniquely accessible and authoritative introduction to this distinctive art form, Icons defines its subject's unusual place at the intersection of religion, Russian culture, and art history.

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Byzantine and Russian Orthodox icons are perhaps the most enduring form of religious art ever developed--and one of the most mysterious. This book provides an accessible guide to their story and power. Illustrated mostly with Cretan, Greek, and Russian examples from the British Museum, which houses Britain's most important collection, the book examines icons in the context of the history of Christianity, as well as within the perspective of art history.

About the Author

Robin Cormackis a Professor Emeritus of Art History at the <>Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. He is an editor for the Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies, and has written many books, including Byzantine Art.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674026193
Author:
Cormack, Robin
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
European
Subject:
Icons
Subject:
Icon painting.
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Religious
Subject:
History : General
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
Art, Religious
Subject:
Art, european
Subject:
ART / History/General
Copyright:
Publication Date:
September 2007
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
100 color illustrations
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
8 x 8 in

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"Synopsis" by , Byzantine and Russian Orthodox icons are perhaps the most enduring form of religious art ever developed--and one of the most mysterious. This book provides an accessible guide to their story and power. Illustrated mostly with Cretan, Greek, and Russian examples from the British Museum, which houses Britain's most important collection, the book examines icons in the context of the history of Christianity, as well as within the perspective of art history.
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