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Item No: 150:9517650248
Category: 16


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Author: Kari Kotkavaara
ISBN: 9517650248
Publisher: bo Akademi University Press
Size: 6.875 x 9.875 in. (175 x 250 mm), Trade Paperbound, 500 pages, 146 illus., 3 color illus.

migr Russian Revitalism and the Vicissitudes of the Eastern Orthodox Sacred Image

Until recently the majority of experts and laymen have continued to prefer the medieval icons of Kiev, Novgorod, Moscow and other cities to those produced during the Imperial era in Russia. However, since the 1980s -- when the subject underwent a significant reappraisal within the Soviet Union -- attention has increasingly been drawn to the nexus of worshippers, craftsmen, peddlers and Old Believer patrons without whom the tradition of Russian Orthodox image might not have survived until the revolution.

The present study discusses the vernacular dimensions of the icon and introduces the contemporary Russian contribution to that debate. More specifically, it addresses the multifarious expectations of "ordinary" believers and commissioners, as well as the interests of art experts; pausing to consider the problem of whether or not the expatriate icon painting of Paris, Riga and Prague should be regarded as a direct offspring of medieval tradition. What kind of ties connected these works with the pre-revolutionary craft of icon painting? Kotkavaara presents a range of virtually unknown archival documents and art works -- icons made by, for example, Julija Rejtlinger, Kiril Katkov, Grigorij Krug and Leonid Uspenskij -- and argues that these practitioners were revivalists who conceived of their project as being an alternative to the historical craft of icon painting.

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