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Foreword - Preface - Origins - The Oldest Icons - Iconoclasm -The Macedonian - Renaissance - Story Images - The Split between East and West - 12th and 13th Centuries - The 14th Century Paleologan Renaissance - Spiritual Hierarchies - Crete - Cyprus - The Balkans - Pre-Mongolian Period in Russia, 1000-1240 - Novgorod -The Moscow School - The 16th Century - The 17th Century and Later - Appendix: Glossary of Names and Terms -Suggested Further Reading - Bibliography - Index
Richard Temple has owned and operated London's The Temple Gallery since 1959, and has been instrumental in acquiring important icons for some of the world's foremost collections including The British Museum and the Menil Collection in Houston.He is the author of Icons and the Mystical Origins of Christianity.
'Beautiful and lavishly illustrated ... if only one book on this subject can be had, this would be an excellent choice.' Catholic Library World (9/05) 'This beautiful book provides us with a rare opportunity to gaze with delight on good reproductions of icons so that we may engage with their great beauty and powerful mystery. I here record my gratitude to Richard Temple.' Sister Wendy Beckett 'This richly illustrated book brings us face to face with some of the most beautiful and unfamiliar images in European civilisation.' Daily Mail (14/05/04) 'Temple's excitingly illustrated book of icons extends our exposure to the extraordinary holy art of Byzantium and Russia ... an erudite overview.' Choice (10/04) 'Icons is magnificent and very interesting.' Yuri Piatnitsky, Curator of the Byzantine Icons Collection