Revivals or Survival?

Resurgences of the Icon from the 15th Century to the Present Day

  • Series Biblioteca d'arte, 77
  • Edited by Ralph Dekoninck and Ingrid Falque
  • Binding Paperback with flaps
  • Size 17 x 24 cm
  • Pages 152
  • Illustrations 90
  • Language English
  • Year 2023
  • ISBN 9788836650248
  • Price € 25,00  € 23,75
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The art of the icon, a visual idiom born in the Eastern Church, has deeply influenced the visual creations of Western Christianity from the Middle Ages onward, despite the adoption of a different aesthetic that was created in opposition to this maniera greca during the Renaissance. Even though artistic modernity was built against this art considered ‘awkward’, it did not prevent the ‘Byzantine’ style to come back to surface several times in the West. This volume aims to question the reasons of these revivals of the art of the icon in distinct Western artistic and religious contexts. It will highlight in particular the issues underlying the meeting, and sometimes the merging, of the two visual cultures, but also the complex and often conflicting relationships between art and religion.


Christine Perpette and Loukia Loizou Hadjigavriel

Revivals or Survival? Resurgences of the Icon from the 15th Century to the Present Day
Ralph Dekoninck and Ingrid Falque

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The Status of Icons in a Christian Art Ideal of the 19th and 20th Centuries: Contempt, Fascination and Appropriation
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121 ‘In Search of a Painting Without Labels’: The Rediscovery of Byzantine Icon-Painting in Modern Greece During the 20th Century
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137 20th-Century Avatars of Christic Icons in Art and Advertising: Transformations and Decontextualisations
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