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Icons

ISBN: 978-3-8228-5478-5;
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Издательство: Taschen
Страниц: 96

This historical survey covers some one-and-a-half millennia of Christian imagery and includes descriptions of selected masterpieces. The icons in this book come from the Icon Museum in Recklinghausen, which possesses the most extensive and highest-quality icon collection outside the Orthodox world. Icons do not depict "details" of the earthly world, but rather an unearthly reality. In accordance with their sacred function, the painters had to keep to venerable traditions. This historical survey covers some one-and-a-half millennia and includes descriptions of selected masterpieces, providing a graphic introduction to this fascinating world of images. While the book's historical introduction traces the history of icon painting back to late Antiquity and the early Byzantine period, the examples in the picture section start with a 14th century Russian example and extend from the exquisite 15th century Byzantine icon "St Luke Paints the Mother of God" across the centuries to one from...