AltSU presented a unique monograph dedicated to the icons of Athonite writing

13 October 2020 Department of Information and Media Communications
On October 9, the Universum gallery of Altai State University presented the monograph “Icons of the Athonite writing in Altai: history, existence, catalog”.

The book was published by the ASU publishing house (Barnaul, 2020). Its publication was blessed by Metropolitan Sergius of Barnaul and Altai.

Rector of Altai State University Sergey Bocharov, Director of the Institute of Arts and Design Larisa Nekhvyadovich, authors of the book, invited guests took part in the event.

This is the first book that contains icons of Athonite writing that are in churches and private collections in Altai. The publication contains material that reflects one of the facets of the spiritual life of the Russian people at the turn of the XIX-XX centuries.

For several years, teachers of the Institute of Arts and Design - Doctor of Art History, Archpriest Georgy Kreidun and Candidate of Art History Galina Bulgaeva.

The monograph reveals historical information about the Athos icon-painting centers and the Athonite icons that are now in Altai. For the first time, legends related to the veneration of Athonite icons, the circumstances of ordering icons on Athos for parish churches and missionary camps in Altai, recorded in documentary sources, are introduced into scientific circulation.

The book contains a voluminous catalog of icons painted in Russian monasteries on Athos in the 19th - 20th centuries and preserved to our time, as well as images created in the late 20th - early 21st centuries. Most of the works revealed signatures containing information about the time and place of origin of the icons: these data became the basis for the primary attribution of the monuments.

Much information and facts are introduced into scientific circulation for the first time. The monograph is the result of many years of work, which is based on archival documents and data obtained during field expeditions in the Altai Territory and the Altai Republic in the period from 2007 to 2009.

The publication is addressed to art critics, historians, culturologists, icon painters, as well as to anyone interested in topics of Orthodox art, Orthodox tourism.

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