The Sept. 20 edition of The Living Church is available online to registered subscribers.
Art historian Dennis Raverty writes in this issue’s cover essay:
Since the death of Greek artist Photios Kontoglou in 1965, the Eastern Orthodox world has undergone a veritable renaissance in icon painting, with the widespread return to the traditional Byzantine style that his work first heralded and that so many iconographers and muralists have followed. Hundreds of Orthodox churches across the world have ordered icons painted in the “new” old style. This resurgence of tradition has spread to other churches in the Orthodox ambit, from Russian to Coptic. The revival has even extended to Western artists of the Roman Catholic and Anglican traditions.
For the last 20 years of his life, Kontoglou devoted himself exclusively to painting religious and secular subjects in the traditional Byzantine manner, but as a young man he spent the years of the First World War and its immediate aftermath in Paris, at that time the center of Europe’s avant-garde art world.
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The Resurgence of Traditional Icon Painting, Part 1
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