Overview A pre-eminent expert, Cormack shows how icons were made, framed, and displayed; how a scene can be identified; and how iconography has changed over the centuries. Features painted panels from churches and homes, mostly taken from the British Museum's outstanding collection; and 100 color illustrations. 144 pages, hardcover. Harvard University.
Byzantine and Russian Orthodox icons are perhaps the most enduring form of religious art ever developed--and one of the most mysterious. This book, featuring the painted panels made for churches and for prayer at home, 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 of icons, the book examines icons in the context of the history of Christianity, as well as within the perspective of art history.
Robin Cormack, a preeminent expert on the subject, explains how icons were made, framed, and displayed. He investigates their subject matter, showing how scenes can be identified, how the iconography developed over centuries, and what role portraiture plays in their imagery. Icons have not lost their power in much of the world, and Cormack considers their continuing use in our day--whether in a religious setting or as an inspiration to modern-day artists like Matisse.
A uniquely accessible and authoritative introduction to this distinctive art form, "Icons" defines its subject's unusual place at the intersection of religion, Russian culture, and art history.
Citations And Professional Reviews Icons by Robin Cormack has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Commonweal - 06/06/2008 page 27
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Studio: Harvard University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 8.5" Height: 8.75" Weight: 1.7 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2007
Publisher Harvard University Press
ISBN 0674026195 ISBN13 9780674026193
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More About Robin Cormack
Robin Cormack is Professor in the History of Art in the University of London, and Deputy Director of the Courtauld Institute of Art. Previous books are Writing in Gold and Painting the Soul (Runciman Award 1998).
Robin Cormack has an academic affiliation as follows - Professor Emeritus, History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, Univer.
Robin Cormack has published or released items in the following series...
Knowledgable presentation of the origin, meaning, creation, and use of icons. Great color photographs of the icons with sufficient detail to understand their artistic merit and relgious purpose. The end of the book provides small, color photographs with detail of the icons in the collection of the British Museum, making this book a "must have" for reference. A fabulous buy at this price and a scholarly, yet easy read for those unfamilar with the Byzantine icongraphy that spread to Greece and Russia. You gotta love this book.