From the January/February, 2002 issue of Touchstone
God’s Word in Color by Addison H. Hart

God’s Word in Color

The Mystical Language of Icons
by Solrunn Nes
London: St. Paul’s Publishing, 2000
(96 pages; $26.95, cloth)

reviewed by Addison H. Hart

In a time when what usually passes for religious art in the West is deplorable, it is always a sign of hope to come across the relative few who genuinely represent the tradition and (not to overstate the case in the least) the universal and authoritative canon of authentic Christian theological aesthetics. As regards the iconographic arts in particular, the essence of that canon is best expressed in the words of the Seventh Ecumenical Council (A.D. 787), which stated:

The making of icons was not the creation of the painters, but an accepted institution and tradition within the universal Church. . . . The idea and tradition . . .


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