Icons and Saints of the Eastern Orthodox Church

Author: Alfredo Tradigo
Publisher: Getty Publications
ISBN: 9780892368457
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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.

Techniques of Traditional Icon Painting

Author: Gilles Weissmann
Publisher: Search PressLtd
ISBN: 9781844487943
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Focusing on the classic methods of icon painting and its rich history, this detailed and practical guide covers everything, from the materials needed and how to prepare a panel to adding inscriptions and finishing off using traditional Byzantine techniques. It explains the origins and principles of icon painting; how to choose a subject; the technique of sacred geometry; the use of color, varnishing, and egg tempera; and how to use traditional gilding techniques. Part of the icon's symbolism is transmitted in the techniques used to create it and this is explored throughout. With in-depth information, step-by-step demonstrations, invaluable advice, and many superb examples of finished icons, this is the most comprehensive guide to the philosophy and practice of icon painting.

The Orthodox Church

Author: Kallistos (Bishop of Diokleia)
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9780140146561
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Recounts the history of Orthodox Christianity, and discusses Orthodox beliefs, practices, and forms of worship

Praying with Icons

Author: Linette Martin
Publisher: Paraclete Press
ISBN: 9781612610580
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In the first of a new series of "little books", learn how to grasp the meaning of ancient ways of praying in a relatively short amount of time. This will leave you with the rest of your life to move beyond the reading and into the practicing!


Author: Robin Cormack
Publisher: Harvard University Press
ISBN: 9780674026193
Format: PDF
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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.

Orthodox Icon Patterns

Author: R. B. Cass
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781548295028
Format: PDF
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A valuable resource for iconographers, this book contains a wide variety of patterns and sketches. Content including; icon patterns of the Nativity, the Theotokos, archangels, male and female saints, as well as halo patterns and 2 beautiful crucifixion crosses. Buildings and fabric/ background designs and 5 icon borders. Each pattern is accompanied by colour recommendations which are meant as a general guide allowing for adjustments due to differences in colour names between pigments used with egg tempera and acrylic paints.

The Mystical Language of Icons

Author: Solrunn Nes
Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing
ISBN: 9780802829160
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Solrunn Nes, one of Europe's most admired iconographers, illuminates the world of Christian icons, explaining the motifs, gestures, and colors common to these profound symbols of faith. Nes explores in depth a number of famous icons, including those of the Greater Feasts, the Mother of God, and a number of the better-known saints, enriching her discussion with references to Scripture, early Christian writings, and liturgy. She also leads readers through the process and techniques of icon painting, showing each step with photographs, and includes more than fifty of her own original works of art.

Encounters with Orthodoxy

Author: John P. Burgess
Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press
ISBN: 0664235905
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When author and theologian John P. Burgess first travelled to Russia, he was hoping to expand his theological horizons and explore the rebirth of the Orthodox Church since the fall of Communism. But what he found changed some fundamental assumptions about his own tradition of North American Protestantism. In this book, Burgess looks to Orthodoxy to help the North American Protestant church„which has seen membership decline to below 50% of the population for the first time„find new ways to worship, teach, and spread its message. He considers Orthodox rituals, icons, the attention to saints and miracles, monastic life, and Eucharistic theology and practice. He then explores whether and how Protestants can use these elements of Orthodoxy to help revitalize the mainline church. Burgess helpfully demonstrates the ways in which Orthodoxy calls us back to what is most important in Christian faith and life.

Icons in the Western Church

Author: Jeana Visel
Publisher: Liturgical Press
ISBN: 0814646840
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Within the Eastern tradition of Christianity, the eikon, or religious image, has long held a place of honor. In the greater part of Western Christianity, however, discomfort with images in worship, both statues and panel icons, has been a relatively common current, particularly since the Reformation. In the Roman Catholic Church, after years of using religious statues, the Second Vatican Council’s call for “noble simplicity” in many cases led to a stripping of images that in some ways helped refocus attention on the eucharistic celebration itself but also led to a starkness that has left many Roman Catholics unsure of how to interact with the saints or with religious images at all. Today, Western interest in panel icons has been rising, yet we lack standards of quality or catechesis on what to do with them. This book makes the case that icons should have a role to play in the Western Church that goes beyond mere decoration. Citing theological and ecumenical reasons, Visel argues that, with regard to use of icons, the post–Vatican II Roman Catholic Church needs to give greater respect to the Eastern tradition. While Roman Catholics may never interact with icons in quite the same way that Eastern Christians do, we do need to come to terms with what icons are and how we should encounter them.