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For the first time in its history Karakallou Monastery of Mount Athos is revealing its iconographic treasures to the general public. Karakallou Monastery, one of the oldest monasteries on Holy Mountain, is celebrating its millennium of uninterrupted coenobitic life with the publication of this richly illustrated volume devoted to its portable icons; thereby bringing to light a virtually unknown part of ancient Athonite culture and its spiritual heritage.

From among the hundreds of holy icons in the monastery`s possession, 152 were carefully selected for this edition. Historically, they span from the late 14th to the early 19th century and include masterpieces that are inaccessible to most of the monastery`s pilgrims. Quite significantly, the Karakallou monastery`s holdings feature the largest collection of works by Dionyssios of Fourna, a prominent byzantine iconographer of the 18th century.

Gazing at these stunning photographic reproductions, the viewer can sense the presence of divine grace that has been absorbed by these sacred artifacts through the course of centuries of prayer and liturgic life.

The book`s rich visual content combined with an extensive and well documented analysis of the artistic and historical background of each icon provides not only a unique insight into post-Byzantine orthodox iconography, but also invaluable material for amateur and professional iconographers alike.

The accompanying text was composed by six Greek and Russian professors who specialize in Byzantine Art, History and Archaeology. Although the text is written in Greek, non-Greek speaking readers can navigate their way through the book by utilizing the bilingual picture captions (Greek-English) as well as by turning to a chapter written in English summarising the most important aspects of the Karakallou icon repository.

The edition is privileged to be blessed by His All Holiness, the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, who graciously wrote the foreword.

This sublime volume records for the first time a cultural inheritance of universal importance; a real gem… Journeying through the pages of this book makes the heart and mind of the viewer soar towards the perennial salvific relationship between man and God Stylos Orthodoxias Greek newspaper, Issue 123, May 2011. The sheer quantity, range and quality of this artwork is astonishingЙ -Art & Christianity Journal, 73, Spring 2013

ISBN: 9789609991407  Binding: Linen-bound hardcover with glossy dust-jacket, 552 pages (32x23 cm), 241 color icons (most of them occupying the whole page).
Price: € 70.00 £ 59.14 $ 78.67