1st Edition

Tradition and Transformation in Christian Art The Transcultural Icon

By C.A. Tsakiridou Copyright 2019
    252 Pages
    by Routledge

    242 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

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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




    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.