How Divine Images Became Art: Essays on the Rediscovery, Study and Collecting of Medieval Icons in the Belle Époque

Stella Rock, and Oleg Tarasov
Open Book Publishers
2024-02-09

How Divine Images Became Art tells the story of the parallel ‘discovery’ of Russian medieval art and of the Italian ‘primitives’ at the beginning of the twentieth century. While these two developments are well-known, they are usually studied in isolation. Tarasov’s study has the great merit of showing the connection between the art world in Russia and the West, and its impact in the cultural history of the continent in the pre-war period.

Drawing on a profound familiarity with Russian sources, some of which are little known to Western scholars, and on equally expert knowledge of Western material and scholarship, Oleg Tarasov presents a fresh perspective on early twentieth-century Russian and Western art. The author demonstrates that during the Belle Époque, the interest in medieval Russian icons and Italian ‘primitives’ lead to the recognition of both as distinctive art forms conveying a powerful spiritual message. Formalist art theory and its influence on art collecting played a major role in this recognition of aesthetic and moral value of ‘primitive’ paintings, and was instrumental in reshaping the perception of divine images as artworks.

Ultimately, this monograph represents a significant contribution to our understanding of early twentieth-century art; it will be of interest to art scholars, students and anyone interested in the spiritual and aesthetic revival of religious paintings in the Belle Époque.

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  • History of art
  • The arts: general issues
  • History
  • Social and cultural history
  • Medieval history
  • Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
  • Social & cultural history
  • Christianity
  • History of art
  • Anthropology, Archaeology and Religion
  • European Studies: Eastern European Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • Art history
  • Belle Epoque
  • Divine Images
  • Formalist art theory
  • Italian primitives
  • Russian medieval art
  • Religious and ceremonial art
  • European history: medieval period, middle ages
  • General and world history
  • Social and cultural history
  • Religion and beliefs
  • The arts: general issues
  • History of art
  • History
  • Religion and beliefs
  • N7956.A1

How Divine Images Became Art: Essays on the Rediscovery, Study and Collecting of Medieval Icons in the Belle Époque

Stella Rock, and Oleg Tarasov

Open Book Publishers

2024-02-09

CC BY-NC-ND

How Divine Images Became Art tells the story of the parallel ‘discovery’ of Russian medieval art and of the Italian ‘primitives’ at the beginning of the twentieth century. While these two developments are well-known, they are usually studied in isolation. Tarasov’s study has the great merit of showing the connection between the art world in Russia and the West, and its impact in the cultural history of the continent in the pre-war period.

Drawing on a profound familiarity with Russian sources, some of which are little known to Western scholars, and on equally expert knowledge of Western material and scholarship, Oleg Tarasov presents a fresh perspective on early twentieth-century Russian and Western art. The author demonstrates that during the Belle Époque, the interest in medieval Russian icons and Italian ‘primitives’ lead to the recognition of both as distinctive art forms conveying a powerful spiritual message. Formalist art theory and its influence on art collecting played a major role in this recognition of aesthetic and moral value of ‘primitive’ paintings, and was instrumental in reshaping the perception of divine images as artworks.

Ultimately, this monograph represents a significant contribution to our understanding of early twentieth-century art; it will be of interest to art scholars, students and anyone interested in the spiritual and aesthetic revival of religious paintings in the Belle Époque.

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Topics

  • History of art
  • The arts: general issues
  • History
  • Social and cultural history
  • Medieval history
  • Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900
  • Social & cultural history
  • Christianity
  • History of art
  • Anthropology, Archaeology and Religion
  • European Studies: Eastern European Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • Art history
  • Belle Epoque
  • Divine Images
  • Formalist art theory
  • Italian primitives
  • Russian medieval art
  • Religious and ceremonial art
  • European history: medieval period, middle ages
  • General and world history
  • Social and cultural history
  • Religion and beliefs
  • The arts: general issues
  • History of art
  • History
  • Religion and beliefs
  • N7956.A1