This 2004 publication looks at Russian icons of the seventeenth century, a period which has been termed the "autumn of Medieval Russia". It is interesting to note that, whereas the West made its decisive step into the modern age in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries through humanism and the Renaissance, Russia maintained a typically medieval system of thought until the end of the seventeenth century. The splendid icons in this book, accompanied by an illuminating account of the period by Aleksandr Preobraženskij, Research Fellow at Moscow University, illustrate the richness of the Christian Mystery. One by one, these icons introduce elements which both inspire wonder and communicate the divine story, a story -- and an artform -- which brings heaven on earth.
This large book is in excellent condition. Spiral bound with a loose cardboard cover. Some small creases on the cover, but the pages are clean, white and undamaged throughout. The top and bottom edges of the book are perforated, we are unsure of the reason why!