Metamorphosis: The Transfiguration in Byzantine Theology and Iconography

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St Vladimir's Seminary Press, 2005 - Religion - 286 pages
"This book taps the vein of the blending of theology and art in the Middle Ages, in particular, the evolution of the imagery and theology surrounding the Transfiguration Of Christ. In this well-researched volume, Andreas Andreopoulos discusses in detail every philosophical and ritual application of the Transfiguration icon - the mountain, the cloud, the mandorla, the positioning of the apostles, the Old Testament prophets, and the image of Christ himself - taking the reader through an illustrated historical journey. The author simplifies the complex relationship between the dogma of the church fathers and Byzantine art and makes it understandable to a non-specialist audience. Nevertheless, theologians, historians, and art historians alike will appreciate the interdisciplinary value of this clearly presented documentation. Andreopoulos's expert use of patristic texts and Jewish sources, as well as the New Testament and apocryphal writings and pagan sources, elucidates the development of art and doctrine that surround this scriptural epiphany."--BOOK JACKET.
 

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A helpful guide to reading verbal icons and their material counterparts.

Contents

FOREWORD
11
Divine Light and Glory
23
The Theology of the Transfiguration
37
The White Garments of Christ
58
The Round Mandorla
92
PreSinaitic Transfiguration Icon Types
106
Conclusions about the Three Images
114
The Cross in the Sky
120
Elements of the Transfiguration Icon 83
83
Saint Catherine Monastery on Mount Sinai 127
127
The Two Natures of Christ
133
The Hesychastic Mandorla 228
228
Iconographical Complexities 136
8
The Mandorla as a Cosmic Map 2 35
9
Table of Contents
11
Divine Light and Glory
19

The Mandorla
165
The Ascent of the Oval Mandorla
179
The Mountain of Ascent
193
A Brief Discussion of Sources 4 I
4
Western Depictions of Thabor 2o 6
6
The Lamb and the Sheep
8
Table of Contents
11
Divine Light and Glory
23
The Theology of the Transfiguration 37
37
The Iconography of the Transfiguration 67
67
The Theology of the Transfiguration 37
37
The Iconography of the Transfiguration 67
67
The Development of the Transfiguration Icon 75
75
Elements of the Transfiguration Icon 83
83
The Glory of God 86
86
The Oval Mandorla 90
90
53
201
NOTES 255
255
BIBLIOGRAPHY 273
273
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About the author (2005)

Andreas Andreopoulos is a Visiting Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.

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