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Description - Icon by Moshe Barasch

Europe's centuries-long debates about the nature and status of images of God and sacred figures often upset the established order, shaking established societies to their core. Moshe Barasch finds that an identifiable doctrine emerges out of the arguments employed in attacking sacred images and defending them, of the image in general and of the image of the divine in particular. In "Icon", Barasch concentrates on the arguments for and against iconic representation in the early Christian world, from the period of Late Antiquity up to the great, and classic, defence of the images by St. John of Damascus and Theodore of Studion. Over this period, and within a number of different political, cultural and religious contexts, several definable themes regarding the icon arose and recurred. One is the theme of the image itself, and how "truthful" or "valid" the image is considered to be; a second is the metaphysical resemblance of the icon to the true Christ; a third theme concerns what the image does as opposed to what it "is", ranging from relatively crude beliefs in the healing power of images to highly sophisticated analyses of the inner experience of the spectator of a hallowed icon.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780814711729
ISBN-10: 0814711723
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 308
Imprint: New York University Press
Publisher: New York University Press
Publish Date: 1-Aug-1992
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Moshe Barasch

Moshe Barasch was Jack Cotton Professor of Architecture and Fine Arts at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He wrote numerous books including Icon, Theories of Art, and Modern Theories of Art I and II, all published by NYU Press. A winner of the Israel Prize in 1996, he was elected corresponding member of the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences.

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