[[ Prime ]] The Icon: Window on the KingdomAuthor Michel Quenot – Carcier.co

Not nearly as good as described Many of the plates are black and white and on the small side. This book is an excellent , masterful introduction to iconography.It will prove useful to those one seeking to fully understand the significance and meaning of icons and images, as well as to practitioners and theologians.Quenot brings light to a subject that has often puzzled Westerners or fascinated them with its apparent exotic charm He stresses the need for disciplined spiritual exercises, and, with many illustrations guides the reader through the main forms of icon to be found in the Russian and Greek orthodoxy He discusses the importance of subject matter, time and space as well as colour.Two points, in particular, resonated with me the idea that slaves are faceless to their masters and that Jesus took on the form of a slave, a faceless one, to give back faces, that is respect and identity, to God s creation Icons of those of deep spirituality are full faced, others may be in profile turned away.Also Quenot points out that while all are made in the image of God, they are also called, in pilgrimage, to become resemblances of God Icons are signs of that resemblance, as is this book. its wonderfull Excellent needed for writing my Icon Includescolour photos,illustrations, and an index In recent years there has been a sort of rediscovery of icons by Western Christians There is an increasing awareness that the icon is not merely a work of art, but is also an aspect of diving revelation and of our communing with God in the Church Thus the icon cannot be separated from Orthodox belief, prayer or liturgical life To fully understand the icon, one must comprehend its organic unity artistic, spiritual, theological Quenot s analysis of various icons and their theological elements enables the readers to appreciate the various aspects of the icon fully There are currently many books written about icons, discussing either their historical context, describing their spiritual attraction, or simply showing their aesthetic beauty The Icon is, however, an exceptional book in many ways Michel Quenot has sketched a brief yet highly descriptive history of iconography together with a discussion of the canons and laws which govern this ancient art form Such ground rules guarantee a spiritual continuity and doctrinal unity that are valid beyond all national and cultural boundaries Translated from the French and already published in eight languages, The Icon Window on the Kingdom includescolour photos andblack and white illustrations Among its many illustrations are included examples of works by modern iconographers, which show the icon to be a living and vital art form, bit outmoded or stagnant The book also covers historical sources, theological and biblical foundations, iconographic themes, and the icon s role in the life of believers It includes discussion of current discoveries and recent scholarship from catacomb art through Egyptian, Byzantine, Balkan, Russian and contemporary iconography Michel Quenot, an Orthodox layman who teaches modern languages in Switzerland, is intensely involved in the study of the art and theology of the icon