Russian Icons (Colour Plate Books)
|Phaidon Press Ltd (1977)|
|1 copy available|
Icons are the distinctive art form of the Russian Orthodox Church. The great tradition of icon painting in Russia began in the 12th century under the patronage of churches, monasteries and princes, and later in Moscow with rich merchants and the Tsars. Some of the finest surviving works are reproduced in this volume. Russian icons have an immense appeal to the art lover of our day. Their message is a fascinating matter of considerable complexity. The author, Konrad Onasch, a Professor at the University of Halle an der Saale, devotes a great deal of his text to it, singling out the greatest paintings for a more detailed discussion. In this way he assists the reader in appreciating not only the iconography, but also the composition and the glowing colours of this profound art.