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This engaging study refutes the popular but erroneous notion that the so-called Painter’s Manual of Hieromonk Dionysius of Fourna (ca. 1670–ca. 1745) represents a definitive style-book of traditional Byzantine iconographic traditions and practices. By a careful analysis of ancient prototypes and Icons from Dionysius’ own hand, the author presents a nuanced view of the manual and Byzantine Iconographic tradition that is refreshing, insightful, and compelling.
About the AuthorMateusz (Matthew) Ferens, an Icon painter and student of the history and theory of iconography, received his B.A. degree in Applied Design at San Diego State University, his Master’s degree in Art History at the University of California, Riverside, and is at present a doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.