The Meaning of Icons

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St Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1982 - Religion - 222 pages
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"The nature of the icon cannot be grasped by means of pure art criticism, nor by the adoption of a sentimental point of view. Its forms are based on the wisdom contained in the theological and liturgical writings of the Eastern Orthodox Church and are imtimately bound up with the experience of the contemplative life. The present work is the first of its kind to give a reliable introduction to the spiritual background of this art. The introduction into the meaning and language of the icons by Ouspensky imparts to us in an admirable way the spiritual conceptions of the Eastern Orthodox Church which are often so foreign to us, but without the knowledge of which we cannot possibly understand the world of the icon." -- Back cover.
 

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Contents

FOREWORD by Titus Burckhardc
8
The konostasis by Leonid Ouspensky
67
Our Lady of the Sign by Leonid Ouspensky
80
The Vladimir Mother of God by Leonid Ouspensky
96
Portraits of the Apostles Peter and Paid and an Icon of the Apostle Paul by Leonid Ouspensky
109
St Gregory Palamas by Vladimir Lossky
124
St Simeon Stylites by Vladimir Lossky
129
The Principal Festivals
145
The Nativity of Christ by Leonid Ouspensky
160
The Raising of Lazarus by Leonid Ouspensky
175
The SpiceBearing Women at the Sepulchre by Leonid Ouspensky
189
The Descent of the Holy Spirit by Leonid Ouspensky
207
INDEX OF ILLUSTRATIONS
220
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