Russian Icon Designs in 2 Volumes English Russian Edition

9785890590855: Russian Icon Designs in 2 Volumes English Russian Edition
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A COMPENDIUM OF 500 CANONICAL IMPRINTS AND TRANSFERS OF THE 15 - 19th CENTURIES The work is titled ┐Book of Icon Patterns: the authentic prorisi and perevody of Russian icons of the 15-19th centuries.┐ The text has been edited by G.B. Markelov, who is known in Russia as a fine scholar, icon-painter and member of the Ancient Literature Department of The Russian Literature Research Institute. The two volumes comprising the book contain 500 old drawings which have been for many years searched out at various libraries, museums and private collections. This book is the amplest atlas of high-quality specimens of Old Russian drawing technique, the technique which has never been thoroughly studied and duely appreciated. Icon prorisi and perevody -- imprints and transfers -- are drawings on paper which meticulously reproduce the outlines of icon compositions. Prorisi and perevody served as an additional source for creating strictly canonical images to many a generation of Russian icon-painters. The book contains old iconographical subjects as well as subjects used in modern services. They are arranged according to the commonly accepted clerical hierarchy of images: the Holy Trinity, The Saviour, the Virgin, the Baptist, the Apostles, the Prophets and other characters of the Old Testament, the most prominent saints, the female saints, the parable episodes, etc. Each pattern is reproduced in its full size and that renders the book a valuable source comparable to a facsimile edition. The majority of patterns have never been published before. The plates are preceded by a Preface which provides information on history of paper pattern practice in Old Russian Art, narrates about the methods of making and using prorisi and perevody in traditional icon painting. A special section gives iconographical comments which clarify the meaning and the subject-matter of each depiction. The Russian text is always followed by the full English translation.

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