I have a new article published in the Orthodox Arts Journal – From Cubism to the Romanesque (to the Orthodox icon?). It follows on from my previous piece about the attempt of Charlemagne and his court to attack the Seventh Ecumenical Council and the veneration of icons. In that article, drawing on the arguments of the Cubist painter, Albert Gleizes, I drew a distinction between ‘rhythmic’ art and figurative or imitative – representational art. For all its stylisation and ‘abstraction’ the icon is a representational art, it embodies a ‘likeness’ to the Person represented. The question then is what role if any an essentially rhythmic approach, such as was, or may have been, embodied in Romanesque art, can play.
A ‘rhythmic’ Christ in Glory surrounded by the Evangelists by Albert Gleizes.
A Romanesque Christ in Glory (St-Savin-sur Gartempe)
Holywell, Flintshire, North Wales, CH8 7LS
Hours and Divine Liturgy 10.30hrs
The Procession to the Well with the Relic of St Winifred, the Molieben and Agiasmos; the day concludes with Great Vespers. 15.00hrs
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The Orthodox Christian Community of St Barbara the Great Martyr, Chester
Vespers for the Feast of the Dormition
Monday 14th August
18.15hrs, Vespers and Artoklasia
In giving birth, you preserved your virginity. In falling asleep you did not forsake the world, O Theotokos. You were translated to life, O Mother of Life, and by your prayers, you deliver our souls from death.
Neither the tomb, nor death, could hold the Theotokos, who is constant in prayer and our firm hope in her intercessions. For being the Mother of Life, she was translated to life, by the One who dwelt in her virginal womb.