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A Living Heritage of Faith: The Bondarenko Icon Collection-Rediscovered Treasures
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Fondiazione 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 subject is the icons comprising the Bondarenko collection, spanning the fifteenth to twentieth centuries, and published herein for the first time. The accompanying text by Irina Salina describes the Bondarenko collection, its formation and the breadth of its icons, centered on very old icons from Novgorod, the North and Central Russia. The format of this book is to provide indepth treatment of the selected 24 icons from the collection presented in color plates. Thus, each icon has its own essay treating history and provenance, subject matter and imagery, etc. Subject icons include: Georgian Mother of God Hodigitria (c. 1530); Saviour Pantokrator with view of Kremlin (early 18th C.); St. Nicholas of Zarajsk (late 15th C.); Mother of God of the Caves (late 18th C.); Entry into Jerusalem (c. 1430); Christ the Savior (early 15th C.) Nikitin?s Trinity of the Old Testament (c. 1690); Mother of God of Kazan (c. 1720).
While this book is akin to museum?s exhibit book for sale during exhibitions, it is also different in that it focuses on 24 exquisite examples, and doesn?t overwhelm with reams of detail. 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. Admittedly, it is focused on icons in the Bondarenko collection, but the treatment afforded each ion spanning the 15th to 20th centuries provides an in-depth understanding of the development of Russian iconography, as well as glorious images to be savored.
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