Holy Image, Hallowed Ground: Icons from Sinai
Edited by Robert S. Nelson & Kristen M. Collins
Text by Thomas F. Mathews, David Jacoby & Father Justin Sinaites
4to. pp. 304. profusely illustrated. hardcover. dw. Los Angeles: Getty Publications, .
New in publisher's shrink wrap.
ISBN-10: 0892368551 / ISBN 13: 9780892368556
The exhibition and catalogue bring to life the central role of the icon in Byzantine religious practices. Themes include the icon's status as holy object, the ways in which the icon sanctified the place of worship, and the monks' quest for the holy. The Greek Orthodox monastery at Mount Sinai
not only functioned as a major pilgrimage site for centuries but was also a cultural crossroads at the center of the shifting sands of ecclesiastical and secular politics. The accompanying essays explore how the monastery's contact with the outside world, through pilgrimage, resulted in aesthetic exchanges between the monastery and Coptic, Crusader, and Islamic art; and between the Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic communities in Europe.