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Alexander Tolchan; A. Vasiljev, translator
Petro Ofsetas, 2000
Russian and complete English text
215 x 303 mm (8.5 x 11.875 in.); 104 pages, 81 color illustrations; Hardcover in slipcase
While on a recent trip to Russia, Iconofile made an agreement with the author of
to sell his book exclusively through the Iconofile Store.
The Solovestky Monastery is located on Solovestky Island in the White Sea of northern Russia. Two of Russia's greatest hermit saint-monks, Zosimah and Sabbatius, established the cloister in the early 15th century. But its most recent fame came in 1937 when it was converted into a prison and became the quintessential symbol of Stalin's repressive regime. There its brightest opponents were imprisoned and not one came out alive. The famous Russian intellectual and Orthodox priest, Pavel Florinsky, met his doom inside its walls.
is not darkened by this recent history. Rather it celebrates the discovery of a nearly complete iconostasis ensemble from the side chapel of the cloister's Transfiguration Cathedral. The iconostasis was preserved in its nearly original condition due to quirks in its history.
is devoted entirely to the description and analysis of this rare example of Novgorodian-influenced Northern Russian icon painting. The in-depth analysis compares details of the iconostasis ensemble with examples of Novgorodian icons from the same period in side-by-side color illustrations. The Russian text is accompanied by a complete English translation. The excellent reproductions, end papers and slipcase make
a fine addition to any iconophile's library. It is a rare find; only 500 copies of
were printed and are not available anywhere else outside of Russia.
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