Catalogues the heritage of images according to type and subject, from the ancient at the Monastery of Saint Catherine in the Sinai to those from Greece, Constantinople, and Russia. This book includes chapters such as role of icons in the Orthodox liturgy and on common iconic subjects, including the fathers and saints of the Eastern Church.
Author: Alfredo Tradigo
Publisher: Getty Publications
Über ein Jahrtausend lang, von seiner Gründung im Jahre 330 n. Chr. bis zu seinem Untergang im Jahre 1453, war das Byzantinische Reich eine Wiege von künstlerischem Überfluss, die erst jetzt wiederentdeckt wird. Ausgestattet mit dem reichen Erbe der römischen, östlichen und christlichen Kulturen, entwickelten die byzantinischen Künstler eine architektonische und malerische, vom Symbolismus geprägte Tradition, die auch über die Grenzen des Reiches hinaus einen großen Einfluss ausübte. Italien, Nordafrika und der Nahe Osten schützen und erhalten heutzutage die antiken Überreste dieser anspruchsvollen künstlerischen Tradition mit all ihrer geheimnisvollen und verzaubernden Schönheit. Die Pracht der Paläste, Kirchen, Malereien, Töpferwaren, Keramiken und Mosaiken dieser Kultur ist ein Garant für den großen Einfluss und die Zeitlosigkeit der byzantinischen Kunst.
Author: Charles Bayet
Publisher: Parkstone International
Byzantine and Russian Orthodox icons are perhaps the most enduring form of religious art ever developed--and one of the most mysterious. This book provides an accessible guide to their story and power. Illustrated mostly with Cretan, Greek, and Russian examples from the British Museum, which houses Britain's most important collection, the book examines icons in the context of the history of Christianity, as well as within the perspective of art history.
Author: Robin Cormack
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Western European Christendom finds it difficult to comprehend the Eastern Orthodox Church because it knows little about the practice and doctrines of Orthodoxy. Even what is known is overlaid by many strata of prejudices and misunderstandings, partly political in nature. One of the obstacles has been the natural tendency to confound the ideas and customs of the Orthodox Church with familiar parallels in Roman Catholicism. To escape this tradition pitfall, Ernst Benz focuses on icon painting as a logical place to begin his examination of the Orthodox Church. Beginning with a brilliant discussion of the importance of icons in the Eastern Church--and the far-reaching effects of icons on doctrine as well as art--Benz counteracts the confusion, explaining simply and clearly the liturgy and sacraments, dogma, constitution and law of Eastern Orthodoxy. In brief history, he describes the rise of Orthodox national churches, schismatic churches, and churches in exile; the role of monasticism and its striking differences from Roman Catholic monasticism; the missionary work of the Orthodox Church; and the influence of Orthodoxy on politics and culture. The role of the church can be defined in terms of the image. Benz writes that the church exists so that "members may be incorporated into the image of Jesus Christ in that individual believers are changed into his likeness'" as Paul writes in the second letter to the Corinthians. Thus, Orthodox theology holds up the icon as the true key to the understanding of Orthodox dogma. The Eastern Orthodox Church will be valuable to anyone interested in learning more about the church, its thought, its life, and its ideals. Ernst Benz (1907-1978) was one of the most distinguished contemporary German theologians and perhaps the leading Western authority on Eastern Orthodoxy. He studied classical philology and archeology at Tbingen, Berlin and Rome, and turned to the study of Protestant theology. He became professor of ecclesiastical and dogmatic history at the Philipp University at Marburg on the Lahn. He is the author of Buddhism or Communism and Theology of Electricity: On the Encounter and Explanation of Theology and Science in the 17th and 18th Centuries.
Its Thought and Life
Author: Ernst Benz
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
Category: Social Science
With a combination of essay-length and short entries written by a team of leading religious experts, the two-volume Encyclopedia of Eastern Orthodoxy offers the most comprehensive guide to the cultural and intellectual world of Eastern Orthodox Christianity available in English today. An outstanding reference work providing the first English language multi-volume account of the key historical, liturgical, doctrinal features of Eastern Orthodoxy, including the Non-Chalcedonian churches Explores of the major traditions of Eastern Orthodoxy in detail, including the Armenian, Byzantine, Coptic, Ethiopic, Slavic, Romanian, Syriac churches Uniquely comprehensive, it is edited by one of the leading scholars in the field and provides authoritative but accessible articles by a range of top international academics and Orthodox figures Spans the period from Late Antiquity to the present, encompassing subjects including history, theology, liturgy, monasticism, sacramentology, canon law, philosophy, folk culture, architecture, archaeology, martyrology, hagiography, all alongside a large and generously detailed prosopography Structured alphabetically and topically cross-indexed, with entries ranging from 100 to 6,000 words
Author: John Anthony McGuckin
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
selected writings of the contemporary Greek icon painter Fotis Kontoglous on the sacred arts according to the tradition of Eastern Orthodox Christianity
Author: Phōtēs Kontoglou,Constantine Cavarnos
Publisher: Inst for Byzantine & Modern Greek
Iconography is given to us not only through the Fathers of the Church, but also from the Apostles and Jesus Christ Himself. For example, when we paint Jesus as a human we paint Him only because we saw Him as a perfect human among us without sin (Baruch 3). Furthermore, we know that Jesus is more that the Logos. In fact, He is the icon of His Father "icon of the invisible God" (Col. 1:15), and "the refulgence of His glory, the very imprint of His being" (Heb. 1:3). Similarly we present God as the Elder, just like Daniel saw Him (Daniel 7); and the Holy Spirit like a dove and fiery tongues as It appeared during the Baptism of Jesus and at The Pentecost. As for the Theotokos, the saints, and angels we painted them not to worship them but to honor them. We do not pay any attention to the material of the icon but rather we honor the prototype that is painted on the wood, canvas or wall. We honor all of them in the spirit of the seventh Ecumenical Council which defined the honoring of the icons according to the Tradition of the Church, beginning with the first icon of Jesus that was painted without hands (mandilion icon) and the icons of the Theotokos and Peter and Paul painted by St Luke.
Eastern Orthodox Iconography
Author: D. H. Stamatis
Category: Christian saints
Ecclesiasticus Prayer brings together essays, which were delivered on various occasions and are arranged into four general topics-hence the subtitle. The first section on Icons offers an introductory lecture on the iconoclastic dispute with a select (updated) bibliography and a fresh exposition, on the basis of the original text of St. John of Damascus' Defense of the Icons. The second section on Saints represents an introduction to Orthodox Hagiography, which was prepared for the Orthodox-Reformed Dialogue, and offers an extensive bibliography on the subject. The third section on Feasts is a general presentation of the major movable and immovable feasts of the Orthodox liturgical years and dovetails with the section on the Saints. Finally, the fourth section on Prayer offers two expositions of the Lord's Prayer, one by St. Maximos the Confessor and another by St. Macarios of Corinth, which are representative of the patristic understanding of this Prayer that constitutes the basis of Orthodox spirituality.
Orthodox Icons, Saints, Feasts and Prayer
Author: George Dion Dragas
Publisher: Orthodox Research Inst
The aim of this book is to demonstrate the presence in the very ancient Eastern Churches of religious images of all kinds (icons, paintings, illuminations), including the representation of Christ, together with the veneration (not the adoration) of icons/images. Presented here are not only the iconographic but also the liturgical-and especially the Christological-dimensions of the icon on the basis of texts used by these four traditions down the centuries. In contrast to the Byzantine Orthodox world which, after a controversy on this subject, officially established the veneration of icons from the time of the Second Council of Nicaea (787) and in 843, these Churches did not experience Iconoclasm. Christine Chaillot is Swiss and Orthodox (Patriarchate of Constantinople). She has published several books on the Orthodox Churches and the Oriental Orthodox Churches. (Series: Studies on Oriental Orthodox Church History / Studien zur Orientalischen Kirchengeschichte, Vol. 55) [Subject: Religious Studies, Christian Studies, History, Iconography]
Syrian Orthodox, Armenian, Coptic and Ethiopian Traditions
Author: Christine Chaillot
Publisher: LIT Verlag Münster
Enhanced by more than one thousand full color illustrations, a concise guide features thousands of references to literature, art, history, famous figures, and philosophy with respect to religion, covering the beliefs, doctrines, practices, teachings, rites of passage, and specific rituals of the world's major religions.
Author: Bruno Becchio,Johannes P. Schadé
Publisher: Foreign Media Group
A clear introduction to Eastern Orthodoxy and key aspects of the tradition. Now contains new articles and additional readings on Orthodoxy and evangelicalism.
A Contemporary Reader
Author: Daniel B. Clendenin
Publisher: Baker Academic
Part storybook, part textbook, part historical overview, Parade of Faith in ebook format presents the history of Christianity in riveting fashion. Ruth Tucker adopts the metaphor of a parade, journey, or pilgrimage to explore the history of Christianity, which began as the Messiah marched out of the pages of the Old Testament and will end one day when “the saints go marching in” to the New Jerusalem. The book is divided into two chronological groupings: first, the advent of Christianity until the German and Swiss Reformations; second, the Anabaptist movement and Catholic Reformation until the present-day worldwide expansion of the church. Yet, ultimately the topic matter is not movements, dates, or a stream of facts, but instead people—people who still have stories to tell other Christians. And with a little help from clues to their own contexts, they can still speak clearly today. This book is laid out systematically to showcase the biographies of such prominent figures within their historical settings. The pages are peppered with sidebars, historical “what if” questions, explorations of relevant topics for today, personal reflections, illustrations, and lists for further reading. Parade of Faith is an excellent introduction for undergraduate students and interested lay readers.
A Biographical History of the Christian Church
Author: Ruth A. Tucker
An introduction to the life of the Orthodox Churches of the Christian East from 312 up to the year 2000.
Author: John Binns
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Author: Constantine Cavarnos
In the last decade, Eastern Orthodoxy has moved from being virtually unknown to Western Christians to being a significant presence on the religious scene in North America and Great Britain. In light of Orthodoxy's growing presence, this book will introduce Western Christians to the Eastern Orthodox vision of the Christian life by examining Orthodox theology and worship and will also alert readers to the cultural and historical factors that shape any interpretation of the Christian faith.
Author: Donald Fairbairn
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
Over the last century unprecedented numbers of Christians from traditionally Orthodox societies migrated around the world. Once seen as an 'oriental' or 'eastern' phenomenon, Orthodox Christianity is now much more widely dispersed, and in many parts of the modern world one need not go far to find an Orthodox community at worship. This collection offers a compelling overview of the Orthodox world, covering the main regional traditions of Orthodox Christianity and the ways in which they have become global. The contributors are drawn from the Orthodox community worldwide and explore a rich selection of key figures and themes. The book provides an innovative and illuminating approach to the subject, ideal for students and scholars alike.
Author: Augustine Casiday
Icon and Devotion offers the first extensive presentation in English of the making and meaning of Russian icons. The craft of icon-making is set into the context of forms of worship that emerged in the Russian Orthodox Church in the mid-seventeenth century. Oleg Tarasov shows how icons have held a special place in Russian consciousness because they represented idealized images of Holy Russia. He also looks closely at how and why icons were made. Wonder-working saints and the leaders of such religious schisms as the Old Believers appear in these pages, which are illustrated with miniature paintings, lithographs and engravings never before published in the English-speaking world. By tracing the artistic vocabulary, techniques and working methods of icon painters, Tarasov shows how icons have been integral to the history of Russian art, influenced by folk and mainstream currents alike. As well as articulating the specifically Russian piety they invoke, he analyzes the significance of icons in the cultural life of modern Russia in the context of popular prints and poster design.
Sacred Spaces in Imperial Russia
Author: Oleg Tarasov,Oleg Iur'evič Tarasov,Oleg I︠U︡rʹevich Tarasov,Oleg Jur'evič Tarasov,Aleksandr V. Tarasov,Oleg eIiUr'evich Tarasov,Oleg Ûr'evič Tarasov
Publisher: Reaktion Books
In popular imagination, saints exhibit the best characteristics of humanity, universally recognizable but condensed and embodied in an individual. Recent scholarship has asked an array of questions concerning the historical and social contexts of sainthood, and opened new approaches to its study. What happens when the category of sainthood is interrogated and inflected by the problematic category of race? Sainthood and Race: Marked Flesh, Holy Flesh explores this complicated relationship by examining two distinct characteristics of the saint’s body: the historicized, marked flesh and the universal, holy flesh. The essays in this volume comment on this tension between particularity and universality by combining both theoretical and ethnographic studies of saints and race across a wide range of subjects within the humanities. Additionally, the book’s group of emerging and established religion scholars enhances this discussion of sainthood and race by integrating topics such as gender, community, and colonialism across a variety of historical, geographical, and religious contexts. This volume raises provocative questions for scholars and students interested in the intersection of religion and race today.
Marked Flesh, Holy Flesh
Author: Molly H. Bassett,Vincent W. Lloyd