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Archangel Michael as ‘Icon’. Edition No. 1 Product Image

Archangel Michael as ‘Icon’. Edition No. 1

  • ID: 1899645
  • August 2010
  • 128 Pages
  • VDM Publishing House

Byzantine art and culture were essentially religious in character and the primary aim of Byzantine art was to capture that which was holy and mysterious in a concrete form such as icons. Due to Archangel Michael's popularity among the Judeo-Christian angels in Greek society, the functions and status of Michael as ‘icon' in a Greek Orthodox context are specifically examined. The subject of this study, therefore, focuses on the perception of Archangel Michael as an ‘icon' in the pure Byzantine and Post–Byzantine Orthodox context of a ‘theological art picture; a religious, sacred image', subject to the theological and artistic Byzantine prescriptions.

Raita, Steyn.
Born in Tahiti, lived in Belgium and Greece before immigrating to South Africa in 1971. Studied History of Art at the Rand Afrikaans University, was a lecturer at the Technikon Natal, external examiner for Art and Design, currently a teacher and artist, specialising in Iconography. She is presently completing a PhD on African Iconography.

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