Thursday, November 24, 2005

Books on the Holy Icons

This ecumenical set of books on Iconography are used by both the Orthodox and the Eastern Catholics.

The Iconographer's Pattern Book has over 700 prototype icons for various Saints and feast days, and the Notebook is its companion volume. The Painter's Manual is an old sourcebook from Mount Athos. The Art of the Icon is a favorite of Pope Benedict.

Traditional Eastern Iconography is far closer to the classical philosophical tradition regarding art and the artist than the modern Western view, which is too subjective.

P.S. It is annoying, but sometimes these Amazon boxes don't display properly. I can see them fine in Firefox and Internet Explorer, but not always in the Safari web browser.

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