The Meaning of Icons Book
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The Meaning of Icons

  • Author : Léonide Ouspensky
  • Publisher : St Vladimir's Seminary Press
  • Release Date : 1982
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 236
  • ISBN 10 : 9780913836774

The Meaning of Icons Excerpt :

"The nature of the icon cannot be grasped by means of pure art criticism, nor by the adoption of a sentimental point of view. Its forms are based on the wisdom contained in the theological and liturgical writings of the Eastern Orthodox Church and are imtimately bound up with the experience of the contemplative life. The present work is the first of its kind to give a reliable introduction to the spiritual background of this art. The introduction into the meaning and language of the icons by Ouspensky imparts to us in an admirable way the spiritual conceptions of the Eastern Orthodox Church which are often so foreign to us, but without the knowledge of which we cannot possibly understand the world of the icon." -- Back cover.

The Mystical Language of Icons Book
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The Mystical Language of Icons

  • Author : Solrunn Nes
  • Publisher : Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
  • Release Date : 2009-04-10
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 113
  • ISBN 10 : 9780802864970

The Mystical Language of Icons Excerpt :

Solrunn Nes, one of Europe?s most admired iconographers, here illuminates the world of Christian icons, explaining the motifs, gestures, and colors common to these profound symbols of faith. Nes explores in depth a number of famous icons, including those of the Greater Feasts, the Mother of God, and a number of the better-known saints, enriching her discussion with references to Scripture, early Christian writings, and liturgy. She also leads readers through the process and techniques of icon painting, illustrating each step with photographs, and includes more than fifty of her own original works of art.

Theology of the Icon Book

Theology of the Icon

  • Author : Leonid Ouspensky
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1992
  • Genre: Christianity and art
  • Pages : 204
  • ISBN 10 : UVA:X002162589

Theology of the Icon Excerpt :

This is the most comprehensive introduction available to the history and theology of the icon, and is the standard text upon which most modern studies of iconography are based. It includes more than the basic theory of the transfiguration of beauty and the sanctification of art. It is a fundamental element in the entire body of Orthodox Tradition. n this two-volume work, author Leonid Ouspensky provides the reader with a deep and serious approach to the mystery of the sacred image. He surveys the development of the sacred art of the Christian East from its beginnings in catacomb art through the iconoclastic controversy of the eighth and ninth century. Drawing especially on the Russian Orthodox tradition, the author studies a large number of texts with care and in great detail. He includes an analysis of the flowering of early Russian iconography, tracing its later development and the state of the art today. The 51 black and white photo illustrations, along with the four-panel foldout and six color plates, will enable the reader to appreciate the Orthodox icon with an informed mind and open heart. Volume I, originally published in 1978, has been updated by the author and contains large sections of new material [Publisher description]

Praying with Icons Book

Praying with Icons

  • Author : Jim Forest
  • Publisher : Orbis Books
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Genre: Uncategoriezed
  • Pages : 171
  • ISBN 10 : 9781608330775

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Icons and Saints of the Eastern Orthodox Church Book
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Icons and Saints of the Eastern Orthodox Church

  • Author : Alfredo Tradigo
  • Publisher : Getty Publications
  • Release Date : 2006
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 384
  • ISBN 10 : 0892368454

Icons and Saints of the Eastern Orthodox Church Excerpt :

Catalogues the heritage of images according to type and subject, from the ancient at the Monastery of Saint Catherine in the Sinai to those from Greece, Constantinople, and Russia. This book includes chapters such as role of icons in the Orthodox liturgy and on common iconic subjects, including the fathers and saints of the Eastern Church.

Icons in Time  Persons in Eternity Book
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Icons in Time Persons in Eternity

  • Author : Dr C A Tsakiridou
  • Publisher : Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • Release Date : 2013-03-28
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 533
  • ISBN 10 : 9781409472339

Icons in Time Persons in Eternity Excerpt :

Icons in Time, Persons in Eternity presents a critical, interdisciplinary examination of contemporary theological and philosophical studies of the Christian image and redefines this within the Orthodox tradition by exploring the ontological and aesthetic implications of Orthodox ascetic and mystical theology. It finds Modernist interest in the aesthetic peculiarity of icons significant, and essential for re-evaluating their relationship to non-representational art. Drawing on classical Greek art criticism, Byzantine ekphraseis and hymnography, and the theologies of St. Maximus the Confessor, St. Symeon the New Theologian and St. Gregory Palamas, the author argues that the ancient Greek concept of enargeia best conveys the expression of theophany and theosis in art. The qualities that define enargeia - inherent liveliness, expressive autonomy and self-subsisting form - are identified in exemplary Greek and Russian icons and considered in the context of the hesychastic theology that lies at the heart of Orthodox Christianity. An Orthodox aesthetics is thus outlined that recognizes the transcendent being of art and is open to dialogue with diverse pictorial and iconographic traditions. An examination of Ch’an (Zen) art theory and a comparison of icons with paintings by Wassily Kandinsky, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko and Marc Chagall, and by Japanese artists influenced by Zen Buddhism, reveal intriguing points of convergence and difference. The reader will find in these pages reasons to reconcile Modernism with the Christian image and Orthodox tradition with creative form in art.

Icons Book


  • Author : San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • Publisher : Chronicle Books Llc
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 294
  • ISBN 10 : UCSC:32106018779295

Icons Excerpt :

From blue jeans and surfboards to cosmetics and corporate logos, 12 everyday objects are recast as icons-single, physical forms that embody a complex universe of associations-and explored as benchmarks for the current state of design. Includes essays by Betsky, Chee Pearlman, and others.

Dictionary of Symbolism Book

Dictionary of Symbolism

  • Author : Hans Biedermann
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1992
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 465
  • ISBN 10 : 0816025932

Dictionary of Symbolism Excerpt :

Includes the meanings and origins of over 2000 symbols.

Dictionary of Symbols Book

Dictionary of Symbols

  • Author : Jack Tresidder
  • Publisher : Chronicle Books (CA)
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Genre: Social Science
  • Pages : 240
  • ISBN 10 : 0811818888

Dictionary of Symbols Excerpt :

Presents historical information and cultural definitions of signs and symbols from mythology, folklore, and religion

Icons in the Western Church Book
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Icons in the Western Church

  • Author : Jeana Visel
  • Publisher : Liturgical Press
  • Release Date : 2016-09-06
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780814646847

Icons in the Western Church Excerpt :

Within the Eastern tradition of Christianity, the eikon, or religious image, has long held a place of honor. In the greater part of Western Christianity, however, discomfort with images in worship, both statues and panel icons, has been a relatively common current, particularly since the Reformation. In the Roman Catholic Church, after years of using religious statues, the Second Vatican Council’s call for “noble simplicity” in many cases led to a stripping of images that in some ways helped refocus attention on the eucharistic celebration itself but also led to a starkness that has left many Roman Catholics unsure of how to interact with the saints or with religious images at all. Today, Western interest in panel icons has been rising, yet we lack standards of quality or catechesis on what to do with them. This book makes the case that icons should have a role to play in the Western Church that goes beyond mere decoration. Citing theological and ecumenical reasons, Visel argues that, with regard to use of icons, the post–Vatican II Roman Catholic Church needs to give greater respect to the Eastern tradition. While Roman Catholics may never interact with icons in quite the same way that Eastern Christians do, we do need to come to terms with what icons are and how we should encounter them.

Behold the Beauty of the Lord Book

Behold the Beauty of the Lord

  • Author : Henri J. M. Nouwen
  • Publisher : Ave Maria Press
  • Release Date : 2007-09-15
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 128
  • ISBN 10 : 9781594715099

Behold the Beauty of the Lord Excerpt :

This twentieth anniversary edition (more than 111,000 copies sold) brings Henri J.M. Nouwen's writings on Eastern Orthodox icons to a new generation and adds to the Nouwen collection published by Ave Maria Press. With a foreword by Br. Robert Lentz, a well-known painter of contemporary icons, this classic Nouwen book invites readers to pray with four Russian icons with their eyes open by emphasizing seeing or gazing, which are at the heart of Eastern spirituality. Nouwen's meditations reveal his viewing of the icons not as decorations, but holy places. The book includes four full-color icons for private contemplation or meditation.

The sensual icon Book

The sensual icon

  • Author : Bissera V
  • Publisher : Penn State Press
  • Release Date : 2023-02-04
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 346
  • ISBN 10 : 9780271035840

The sensual icon Excerpt :

"Explores the Byzantine aesthetic of fugitive appearances by placing and filming art objects in spaces of changing light, and by uncovering the shifting appearances expressed in poetry, descriptions of art, and liturgical performance"--Provided by publisher.

Windows to Heaven Book
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Windows to Heaven

  • Author : Elizabeth Zelensky
  • Publisher : Brazos Press
  • Release Date : 2005-02
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 145
  • ISBN 10 : 9781587431098

Windows to Heaven Excerpt :

In this useful guidebook, the authors debunk common misconceptions about Orthodox icons and explain how they might enrich the devotional lives of non-Orthodox Christians.

Icon and Devotion Book

Icon and Devotion

  • Author : Oleg Tarasov
  • Publisher : Reaktion Books
  • Release Date : 2004-01-03
  • Genre: Art
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9781861895509

Icon and Devotion Excerpt :

Icon and Devotion offers the first extensive presentation in English of the making and meaning of Russian icons. The craft of icon-making is set into the context of forms of worship that emerged in the Russian Orthodox Church in the mid-seventeenth century. Oleg Tarasov shows how icons have held a special place in Russian consciousness because they represented idealized images of Holy Russia. He also looks closely at how and why icons were made. Wonder-working saints and the leaders of such religious schisms as the Old Believers appear in these pages, which are illustrated with miniature paintings, lithographs and engravings never before published in the English-speaking world. By tracing the artistic vocabulary, techniques and working methods of icon painters, Tarasov shows how icons have been integral to the history of Russian art, influenced by folk and mainstream currents alike. As well as articulating the specifically Russian piety they invoke, he analyzes the significance of icons in the cultural life of modern Russia in the context of popular prints and poster design.

Behold the Buddha Book

Behold the Buddha

  • Author : James C. Dobbins
  • Publisher : University of Hawaii Press
  • Release Date : 2020-03-31
  • Genre: Religion
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9780824879990

Behold the Buddha Excerpt :

Images of the Buddha are everywhere—not just in temples but also in museums and homes and online—but what these images mean largely depends on the background and circumstance of those viewing them. In Behold the Buddha, James Dobbins invites readers to imagine how premodern Japanese Buddhists understood and experienced icons in temple settings long before the advent of museums and the internet. Although widely portrayed in the last century as visual emblems of great religious truths or as exquisite works of Asian art, Buddhist images were traditionally treated as the very embodiment of the Buddha, his palpable presence among people. Hence, Buddhists approached them as living entities in their own right—that is, as awakened icons with whom they could interact religiously. Dobbins begins by reflecting on art museums, where many non-Buddhists first encounter images of the Buddha, before outlining the complex Western response to them in previous centuries. He next elucidates images as visual representations of the story of the Buddha’s life followed by an overview of the physical attributes and symbolic gestures found in Buddhist iconography. A variety of Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, and other divinities commonly depicted in Japanese Buddhism is introduced, and their “living” quality discussed in the context of traditional temples and Buddhist rituals. Finally, other religious objects in Japanese Buddhism—relics, scriptures, inscriptions, portraits of masters, and sacred sites—are explained using the Buddhist icon as a model. Dobbins concludes by contemplating art museums further as potential sites for discerning the religious character of Buddhist images. Those interested in Buddhism generally who would like to learn more about its rich iconography—whether encountered in temples or museums—will find much in this concise, well-illustrated volume to help them “behold the Buddha.”