Theological Studies (183)
The beauty of Orthodox Christian icons is being appreciated more and more in the Western world. But this beauty is not only to be understood artistically: icons were created by Christians within the rich Orthodox tradition where they are at the center of prayer and reflection.
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In recent years there has been a sort of "rediscovery" of icons by Western Christians. There is an increasing awareness that the icon is not merely a work of art, but is also an aspect of diving revelation and of our communing with God in the Church. Thus the icon cannot be separated from Orthodox belief, prayer or liturgical life. To fully understand the icon, one must comprehend its organic unity: artistic, spiritual, theological. Quenot`s analysis of various icons and their theological elements enables the readers to appreciate the various aspects of the icon more fully.
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Many art historians and scholars have described the sublime icon of the Holy Trinity by St Andrei Rublev, but nothing equals this detailed and comprehensive theological explanation by Benedictine monk Gabriel Bunge. In this inspired and utterly sober work, Fr Gabriel aims to make the icon`s timeless message accessible to the contemporary praying believer.
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We are becoming increasingly aware that the forms of our life and art — of our modern civilization generally — have over the last few centuries been characterized by the progressive loss of precisely that sense which gives virtually all other civilizations and cultures of the world their underlying lustre and significance: the sense of the sacred. In fact, the concept of a completely profane world — of a cosmos wholly desacralized — is a fairly recent invention of the western mind, and only now are we beginning to realize the appalling consequences of trying to order and mould our social, personal and creative life in obedience to its dictates. It is not even too much to say that we are also beginning to realize that unless we can be no hope of avoiding the cosmic catastrophe for which we are heading.
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In the frantic consumption of images which has so characterized the close of this century, a profound unrest has come to light, an emerging desire for a different image, one that might serve as the means for mankind`s awakening, as a source of fulfillment and peace. In the great tradition of the Orthodox Church, the icon remains as a witness to the reality which it depicts and, more importantly, renews the presence of that reality within the worshipping community. By its silent proclamation, the icon avoids the traps of human reason and fathoms the depth of a person`s being. Those who gaze upon it are drawn into the mysteries of salvation and, by their willing contemplation, open themselves to the transfiguring presence of the Risen One.
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THE ICON HANDBOOK: A GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING ICONS AND THE LITURGY, SYMBOLS AND PRACTICES OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
This book is meant to fill a gap in the English-speaking world`s knowledge of Russian iconography. With nine pages in full color and 173 full-page illustrations in black and white, the book includes charts and easy instructions for identifying icons and translating their Church Slavonic inscriptions. The book is for those interested in Russian icons but puzzled by the often unfamiliar subjects and mysterious inscriptions. The author explains the majority of types one is likely to encounter and explains in everyday language the technical aspects of icon painting. Here is the answer for all those who have said of icons, "Yes, they are most attractive and interesting, but what do they mean?" There is no book like this available today for English-speaking readers.
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The most comprehensive introduction available to the history and theology of the icon. It surveys the development of the Sacred art of the Christian East from its beginnings in catacomb art through the iconoclastic controversies of the eight and ninth centuries, to the development of early Russian iconography and the state of the art today.
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