ARTS & SOCIETIES
 

LETTER OF SEMINAR 24

Centre d’Histoire de Sciences Po

 
 
 

ICONS



Beheading of St. John the Baptist (Northern Russia, 15th century).

Jean-Claude Marcadé
Nicolaï Tarabukin (1889-1956):
The Philosophy of the Icon (1916-1935)

Igor Sokologorsky
Pavel Florensky: Icons and Worldviews


Editorial Director: Laurence Bertrand Dorléac
Editorial Assistant: Elodie Antoine
Translator: David Ames Curtis

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EDITORIAL

 

 

 


        
 
       Icon comes from the Greek word for religious images of all kinds, in all materials, and of every dimension. Objects of worship but also objets d’art, icons are linked to the Orthodox faith but also to the history of art. They are the tokens of a worldview that has inspired theologians as well as artists. In this regard, Jean-Claude Marcadé reminds us of the importance of Kandinsky’s discovery of painted and printed icons in those izbas of Northern Russia in which the painter says he learned “not to look at the picture sidelong, but to move within the picture, to live in the picture.” He offers us the keys to understanding the contemporary debate within post-Soviet Russia, where the dual status of icons remains of topical interest. Some Orthodox believers would like to see these venerated images returned to the churches, whereas they had previously been moved to museums where one sometimes see the faithful come to pray. Taking the writings of Nicolai Tarabukin (1889-1956) and Father Pavel Florensky (1882-1937) as their starting points, Marcadé, a great specialist of Russian art, as well as Igor Sokologorsky, a philosopher, study the interpretative aspect of these forms in traditional as well as modern art.

Laurence Bertrand Dorléac




Letter published with the support of the Foundation of France

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