Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai
|Thomas F. Mathews|
|Oxford University Press, USA (2007)|
|1 copy available|
Isolated in the remote Egyptian desert, at the base of Mount Sinai, sits the oldest continuously inhabited monastery in the Christian world. The Holy Monastery of Saint Catherine at Sinai holds the most important collection of Byzantine icons remaining today. This catalogue, published in conjuction with the exhibition Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai, on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum from November 14, 2006, to March 4, 2007, features forty-three of the monastery’s extremely rare–and rarely exhibited–icons and six manuscripts still little-known to the world at large.
“In this compact but beautiful volume, Tradigo provides some of the most comprehensive information currently available regarding theological icons in general, specific icons, Orthodox sanctuary furnishings (including a very informative discussion of the role and significance of the iconostasis and various elements thereof), and various Orthodox saints.”–Choice
“The essayists do an admirable job of portraying the role of icons in the Byzantine Empire as well as Saint Catherine, but it is the catalog entries that really sparkle. Each thoroughly crafted entry includes notes and references as well as a condition report and detailed notation of inscriptions. Recommended for all collections covering Byzantine art.”–Library Journal
About the Author
Robert S. Nelson is Robert Lehman Professor of the History of Art at Yale University and author of Hagia Sophia, 1850-1950: Holy Wisdom Modern Monument.
Kristen M. Collins is assistant curator of manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Thomas F. Mathews is John Langeloth Loeb Professor of the History of Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York.
David Jacoby is professor of history at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Father Justin Sinaites is librarian at the Holy Monastery of Saint Catherine at Sinai.