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Tradition and Transformation in Christian Art
The Transcultural Icon

ISBN 9780815374183
Published August 8, 2018 by Routledge
242 Pages

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Book Description

Tradition and Transformation in Christian Art approaches tradition and transculturality in religious art from an Orthodox perspective that defines tradition as a dynamic field of exchanges and synergies between iconographic types and their variants. Relying on a new ontology of iconographic types, it explores one of the most significant ascetical and eschatological Christian images, the King of Glory (Man of Sorrows). This icon of the dead-living Christ originated in Byzantium, migrated west, and was promoted in the New World by Franciscan and Dominican missions. Themes include tensions between Byzantine and Latin spiritualities of penance and salvation, the participation of the body and gender in deification, and the theological plasticity of the Christian imaginary. Primitivist tendencies in Christian eschatology and modernism place avant-garde interest in New Mexican santos and Greek icons in tradition.

Table of Contents

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Chapter 1: Introduction

Chapter 2: Tradition and Iconographic Types

Chapter 3: Iconicity and Eschatology

Chapter 4: Ascetics in Prison

Chapter 5: Sinaitic and Franciscan Theophanies

Chapter 6: Byzantine Encounters with the Dead Christ

Chapter 7: The Penitential Imagination

Chapter 8: The King of Glory in Italy

Chapter 9: Missionary Masses

Chapter 10: The Mystical Colony

Chapter 11: New Mexican Acheiropoietai

Chapter 12: The Greek Icon



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C.A. Tsakiridou is Professor in the Philosophy Department, La Salle University. She specializes in the aesthetics of the visual arts, metaphysics, and Orthodox theology.