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Icon Handbook
[0872432106]

Icon Handbook
ISBN: 0872432106

ISBN-13: 9780872432109

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.

David Coomler, a former art museum Associate Director of Collections and Associate Curator, has studied icons for some twenty years. He has assisted a number of museums in identifying icons in their collections and provides research and advice to art dealers specializing in Russian icons as well as to private collectors. He is the author of Hokku: Writing Traditional Haiku in English: The Gift to be Simple and Below Sleive-na-mon: Tales of Darby O'Gill and the Good People.

EXCERPT:

Icons were produced by Eastern Orthodox believers in a number of countries, but in Russia the art reached its pinnacle of complexity and beauty. "Russia" is used here in its broadest historical sense, meaning all areas once included in the Tsarist "Empire of All the Russias."Most of the illustrations are line drawings or prorisi from old books printed in Russia before the Revolution. Though often faded, foxed and worn, they are a great treasury of authentic iconography. Some come ultimately from early guides for painters such as the Siya Icon-painting Manual and the Stroganov Icon-painting Manual. . . Other illustrations in this book, many faded and indistinct, come from some of the many works published by icon researches near the end of the 19th Century, when Russia began to rediscover its ancient heritage of Orthodox art. Some of the great names of that time are Kondakov, Filimonov, Buslaev, Pokrovskiy, and of course the Uspenskiys, whose books of line drawings were prepared from old icons in prominent collections.

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