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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Visualizing God the Father


An essay on the visual heresy of artistic depictions of God the Father, from Orthodox Arts Journal (which Ad Orientem recently added to his blogroll).

Here is a synopsis on the icon of the Holy Trinity (a/k/a, Abraham's Hospitality), an icon originally written by the sainted iconographer Andrei Rublev.

Poor Orthodox that I am, may God grant me the wisdom to comprehend fully why this icon isn't just about Abraham's hospitality.

Speaking of obscure depictions, and also via OAJ, here is Visualising Late Antiquity, an attempt to depict everyday life from a period which is bafflingly opaque.

It is really impossible for moderns to comprehend the mindset of Late Antiquity, where the visual arts were almost entirely devoted to religious iconography and life revolved around the Church cycles of feasts and fasts. The best show in town was +John Chrysostom's homilies, which included his vigorous denunciations of effeminate pop culture.

Was the society really so centered around religious worship, or were there competing secular expressions which are simply lost to history? If the former, then this modern age of diversions, global capitalism and managerial democracy is going to be very hard on the Church, which seems unable to find her way ever since the end of monarchy.

1 comment:

jgress said...

If St John was denouncing pop culture, that kind of presupposes the existence of said pop culture, which implies that religious observance was not the center of life for everyone all the time.