The Meaning of Icons

VLADIMIR LOSSKY, LEONID OUSPENSKY

Edité par St Vladimirs Seminary Press March 1997, 1997
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For many reasons, this is the finest single book on the nature of the icon and its role in the life and worship of the Orthodox Church. First published in German and English in 1952 and now in its fifth printing, it was a pioneer publication and is the standard by which we measure all other books in the field. The icons chosen for inclusion and the text that accompanies them were the work of two of the finest Orthodox theologians of the century. Leonid Ouspensky (The Theology of the Icon) and Vladimir Lossky (The Mystical Theology of the Eastern Church). The articles that form the introductory section are nearly substantial enough to be published separately: Vladimir Lossky's ''Tradition and Traditions'' is an academy-caliber theological meditation on the nature of Tradition and the icon's integral role within it, and Leonid Ouspensky's ''Meaning and Language of Icons'' and ''Technique of Iconography'' trace the historical development of iconography and answers many common questions about the symbolic language incorporated in icons. The main body of the work follows, consisting of full-color reproductions of 51 icons, accompanied by explanations by our two authors. Participants, rather than observers, in the iconic dimension of the Tradition, they lead us as far as words can take us into the grace conveyed by these ''images of the Image'' of God. N° de réf. du libraire

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Synopsis : Includes 160 pages of text with drawings, 13 black and white and 51 full color plates. It is linen-cloth and paper bound.

In the last decades the art of icons has gained increased attention. Once icons were passed over by the art critics, or at most classified as popular art, although painters such as Matisse or Picasso went to Russia especially for the sake of studying this art. Most recently many books have been published on icon painting. Yet the present work is the first of its kind to give a reliable introduction into the spiritual background of this art.

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 intimately bound up with the experience of contemplative life.

The introduction into the meaning and the 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.

"It is not the purpose of the icon to touch its contemplator. Neither is it its purpose to recall one or the other human experience of natural life; it is meant to lead every human sentiment as well as reason and all other qualities of human nature on the way to illumination."

"The entire visible world as depicted in the icon is to foreshadow the coming Unity of the whole creation, of the Kingdom of the Holy Ghost."

The theological justification of the icon was derived by the Seventh Ecumenical Council from the fact of the Incarnation of God. God became human for the elation and deification of Man. This deification becomes visible in the saints. The Byzantine theologian often sets the calling of an icon painter on an equal level with that of a priest. Devoted to the service of a more sublime reality, he exercises his objective duty the same way as the liturgical priest. The "spiritual genuineness" of the icon, the cryptic, almost sacral power to convince, is not alone due to accurate observation of the iconographic canon, but also the ascetic fervor of the painter.

A very interesting section of the technique of icon painting is followed by the main part of the book, in which both authors describe the most important types of icons. Apart from a detailed description of the icon screen (iconostas) of the Russian Church, 58 types are explained with the aid of an equal number of illustrations, amongst which there are alone 10 various representatives of the virgin. Special mention is due to 51 icons reproduced in their complete colorful splendor.

The section of subjects made in order to reveal the main features of Orthodox iconography was naturally limited to the examples available outside of Russia. But this not in the least diminishes the value of the book; on the contrary, it led to the reproduction of many beautiful icons which had never been published before or had been unknown to wider public. A considerable number of museums and private collectors in Europe and America spontaneously placed their collections at the disposal of the authors.

Synopsis: The classic work on the techniques, language and interpretation of icons in the context of theology and faith. Commentary and analysis of the main types of icons. Lavishly illustrated, with 160 pages of text with drawings, 13 b/w and 51 color plates.

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Titre : The Meaning of Icons
Éditeur : St Vladimirs Seminary Press March 1997
Date d'édition : 1997
Reliure : Hardcover
Etat du livre : New

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