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Offline Seraphim98

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Art of Charalambos Epaminonda
« on: January 19, 2012, 01:01:05 AM »
Is anyone familiar with the art and iconography of Charalambos Epaminonda. (http://sacredartpilgrim.com/collection/view/20)

I find his icon influenced Prodigal Son to be one of the more moving pieces of art I've encountered in long time, one of those pieces which Tarkovsky was doubtless talking about when he said: "The allotted function of art is not, as is often assumed, to put across ideas, to propagate thoughts, to serve as an example. The aim of art is to prepare a person for death, to plough and harrow his soul, rendering it capable of turning to good". Andrey Tarkovsky (director of the highly acclaimed film, Andre Rublev), Sculpting In Time, p. 43.

http://sacredartpilgrim.com/cache/33c3962688862d26180fda71d850b086_w600.jpg

The expression on the faces, the embrace, the balance of movement and stillness, the palette, all to me very effective. Thoughts?
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Re: Art of Charalambos Epaminonda
« Reply #1 on: January 19, 2012, 08:25:59 AM »
Wow.  Very moving.  I just want to stare at it and be engulfed by the love expressed by the father.  Exceptional.  I love how the artist rendered the death (burning in hell) to life by the background of the fire (behind the son) moving into the plant life / leaves (surrounding the father). . .
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Re: Art of Charalambos Epaminonda
« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2013, 06:22:14 PM »
I'm fairly certain that is wheat, not fire.  The image is part of a tryptic of parables, the central of which is the parable of the sower.  The other is the good samaritan.

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Re: Art of Charalambos Epaminonda
« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2013, 09:07:24 PM »
Why does the prodigal son have fish swimming through him? ???

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Re: Art of Charalambos Epaminonda
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2013, 10:43:00 PM »
From this artist's site:

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Compared with much modern Orthodox iconography, the work of Epaminonda exudes warmth and humanity, revitalizing old pattern-book imagery in exciting, innovative ways.

Great. Just what we need. Another schlock merchant who thinks it fit to "reinterpret" iconography using his own "creativity" as the yardstick, not by being obedient to the teachings and traditions of the Church.  :P :P >:(

"Exciting"? Whatever happened to icons being dispassionate, evoking a disposition of prayer, stillness, compunction, and drawing us closer to God?
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Re: Art of Charalambos Epaminonda
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2013, 12:56:01 AM »
Why does the prodigal son have fish swimming through him? ???

Wow. I saw that, and I don't remember the son having any pet goldfish or anything...
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Re: Art of Charalambos Epaminonda
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2013, 01:03:08 AM »
Why does the prodigal son have fish swimming through him? ???

Wow. I saw that, and I don't remember the son having any pet goldfish or anything...

Maybe that's part of what he wasted his father's money on...