Northern Byzantine Icons – the book which sheds new light on icons

Detail from an icon of the Miracle of St. George painted at Vologda in the latter half of the 16th century. Aschberg Collection. © Nationalmuseum, Stockholm.

Detail from an icon of the Miracle of St. George painted at Vologda in the latter half of the 16th century. Aschberg Collection. © Nationalmuseum, Stockholm.

Northern Byzantine Icons – is a book which sheds new light on icons, a cultural heritage that we have received form the east. This point of view is often overlooked in the predominantly western-influenced Finland of today.

The tradition of holy images that developed in Byzantium in the early Middle Ages spread northward in the course of the centuries, along with Christianity itself – reaching Kiev, Novgorod, Karelia and Finland, and even Alaska.
The eight authors of this book explore this tradition, including the men and women depicted in the icons and icon research. The text is complemented with colour illustrations.

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