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A Glimpse of Heavenly Splendor: Seventeenth Century Icons of Russia
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Fondazione Russia Cristiana
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A soft cover, spiral bound book with protective over cover, measuring 12 x 13.5 inches and containing 24 full-page color plates. This book was originally produced as a calendar, and this printing and binding remove the calendar portions and deliver a durable book on icons to be treasured. The focus is on Seventeenth Century Russian icons, particularly at the time of transition as new European influences came into Russian life and also into icon painting. The accompanying text by Aleksandr Preobrazenskij, Research Fellow at Moscow University is entitled The ?Autumn? of Medieval Russia and provides a comprehensive treatment of Russian iconography of the period and the influences that came to bear on it. Treated subjects include: the balance between Tradition and Modernity; iconography of the early 17th Century; the Western influence; re-working Western models; theological disputes; the Artistic debate, the New Identity of the iconographer, the Kremlin Armoury Workshop, approaching the Modern Age; and the life and work of Patriarch Nikon. Each color plate includes a description of the icon and the meaning of its imagery.
While this book could be confused with various kinds of museum exhibit books or coffee table picture books on icons, it is quite different in that it focuses on a period and treats the influences at play in Russian iconography with text and examples. The text is superb: very readable and understandable while covering a lot of ground. The images are splendid and very representative. The quality of the book printing and binding is top notch, and the price reflects high quality paper and the printing of full color plates.
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