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Icons

Glenn Peers

in Medieval Studies

ISBN: 9780195396584
Published online June 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195396584-0086
Icons

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In Greek, “icon” comprises the widest possible range of meanings for images, from mental impressions to material objects. This article focuses exclusively on the latter, but in all media, from panel painting to pilgrimage token. It provides some guidance into theoretical and theological understandings of icons from the medieval period to the present. In that sense, icons also have a long history, from the Early Christian period to the modern world, and their essential place in devotion represents faith traditions throughout the Western world, the Middle East, and Orthodox communities everywhere.

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Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) ; Literary Studies (Early and Medieval) ; Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy ; Byzantine and Medieval Art (500 CE to 1400) ; Anglo-Saxon and Medieval Archaeology

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