George O'Hanlon, editor
Publisher: Iconofile, 2005
Size: 297 x 210 mm (11.73 x 8.25 in.), 32 pages, Saddlestitched. The seventh issue of Iconofile, the print journal concerned with all that is icons and sacred art.
Iconofile is a print Journal concerned with the ideas, symbols and practice that define the unique role and properties of icons. The Journal offers some of the finest articles, book and multimedia reviews, and information regarding icons and sacred visual art available. Iconofile is an A4 size publication with 32 to 48 pages, and full-color images of icons and wall paintings in each issue.
This special issue of Iconofile focuses on a concern important to all iconodules: the evolution of style of the Byzantine and Orthodox icon. Among the many styles of icons, the naturalistic icons of the Synodal period in Russia posed certain problems to a small lay group whose ideas later spawned "icon theology." The 32-page issue contains full-color images of icons. The feature article was translated from original Russian texts and appears here in English for the first time.
Contents of Iconofile Issue 7 2005
Theology of the Image and the Evolution of Style
Deacon Alexander Musin
From the viewpoint of icon theology, ecclesiastical art of Russia’s Synodal period is opposed to icons created in a “canonical style.” The issue of style is discussed in this article and the suppositions of icon theology are examined using the iconological description of the icon of the “Council of New Russian Martyrs and Confessors” as an example. The feature article is translated from the Russian language and appears here in English for the first time.
Icon of Saint Spyridon the Wonderworker with the Burning Brick/Tile
John R. Barns
An extraordinary event occurred at the First Ecumenical Council in Nicaea when Saint Spyridon defended the doctrine of the Holy Trinity, initiating an uncommon image of the saint.