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Akathistos and Pokrov: A Case Study of Iconographic Contamination
Akathistos and Pokrov: A Case Study of Iconographic Contamination

Author(s): Nazar Kozak
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, History, Archaeology, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Cultural history, History of Church(es), Visual Arts, Theology and Religion, Eastern Orthodoxy
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките
Keywords: Hymn; iconography; Pokrov; contamination; maphorion/omophorion; seventeenth century.

Summary/Abstract: The Virgin’s protection as the main concept of Strophe 19 of the Akathistos Hymn demanded an appropriate visualization. Thus in some of the Akathistos cycles the illustration of this strophe was definitely influenced by the iconography of the Pokrov, which embodied the same idea. Actually, the specific representation of the Virgin holding a cloth (in several cases looking like an omophorion) in her arms had been borrowed. We will discuss how this variant of the illustration of Strophe 19 had emerged, when and where it was spread and why? The Virgin’s protection as the main concept of Strophe 19 of the Akathistos Hymn demanded an appropriate visualization. Thus in some of the Akathistos cycles the illustration of this strophe was definitely influenced by the iconography of the Pokrov, which embodied the same idea. Actually, the specific representation of the Virgin holding a cloth (in several cases looking like an omophorion) in her arms had been borrowed. We will discuss how this variant of the illustration of Strophe 19 had emerged, when and where it was spread and why?

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 9
  • Page Range: 312-320
  • Page Count: 9
  • Language: English