Icons from Sinai (Hardcover)
Holy Image / Hallowed Ground
Oxford University Press, USA, 9780892368556, 320pp.
Publication Date: November 1, 2006
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The exhibition and catalogue bring to life the central role of the icon in Byzantine religious practices. Themes include the icon's status as holy object, the ways in which the icon sanctified the place of worship, and the monks' quest for the holy. The Greek Orthodox monastery at Mount Sinai not only functioned as a major pilgrimage site for centuries but was also a cultural crossroads at the center of the shifting sands of ecclesiastical and secular politics. The accompanying essays explore how the monastery's contact with the outside world, through pilgrimage, resulted in aesthetic exchanges between the monastery and Coptic, Crusader, and Islamic art; and between the Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic communities in Europe.
About the Author
story of Art at Yale University and author of Hagia Kristen M. Collins is assistant curator of manuscripts at the J. Paul Getty Museum.
Thomas F. Mathews is John Langeloth Loeb Professor of the History of Art at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York.
David Jacoby is professor of history at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Father Justin Sinaites is librarian at the Holy Monastery of Saint Catherine at Sinai.