Beyond Vision: Essays on the Perception of Art by Pavel Florensky

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By Pavel Florensky

Past imaginative and prescient is the 1st English-language selection of essays on paintings through the Russian polymath Pavel Florensky (1882_1937), with introductory essays through the editor and an in depth bibliography. Florensky_s attractiveness as a theologian and thinker is already validated within the English-speaking international. this primary assortment in English of his artwork essays could be a revelation to these within the field.Pavel Florensky, a super author, mathematician, theologian, scientist, and paintings historian used to be condemned to a Siberian exertions camp in 1933, and completed 4 years later. Nicoletta Misler is Professor within the division of japanese ecu stories on the Istituto Universitario Orientale, Naples. Wendy Salmond is head of the artwork background application at Chapman college, Orange, California.

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True, the Commission was fulfilling a government mandate to identify and preserve works of art, but Florensky and his colleagues were driven by much more than a bureaucratic directive. 'We [the members of the Commission] remember so well how we had to crawl up stepladders in order to examine this or that icon, to rummage in old clothes so as to draw forth a sometimes first-class piece of embroidery, to come across really interesting monuments after going through a pile ofjunk, and to drag out portraits, icons, embroideries, utensils, ete.

V. Ivanov had referred to the latter a decade before,72 and Florensky himself alluded to them when he remarked that the spectators had turned into actors, thus implementing the original form of Greek tragedy. 7 3 Florensky appreciated Efimova as a painter, too, so much so that he allowed her to make several oil and pencil portraits and silhouettes of him, in which she succeeded in capturing his physical resemblance and personality. In turn, Florensky appreciated her faculty for expressing the souls of the 'simple people' with the same kind of dedication with which he had gathered his chastushki: In N.

Abramtsevo' and your Abramtsevo [in particular] will then be valued and appreciated. People will go and take care of even the tiniest log in the Aksakov house, of every painting, of every behest of Abramtsevo and of the Abramtsevans.... Worse: if Abrarntsevo were to be physi- cally destroyed and, in spite of the enormity of such a crime, the idea of Abramtsevo were to continue to live, well, not everything would be lost for the Russian people. 63 The Mamontovs viewed Abramtsevo as an attempt to create a haven of genuine peasant creativity.

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