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Embodied EyeReligious Visual Culture and the Social Life of Feeling$
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David Morgan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780520272224

Published to California Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520272224.001.0001

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Icon and Interface

Icon and Interface

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(p.84) Chapter 4 Icon and Interface
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Embodied Eye
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David Morgan

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520272224.003.0004

This chapter discusses iconicity as a prevalent and powerful way in which images mediate relations and exchange in religion as well as in modern society practices. For instance, Orthodox icons—the images of particularly sacred persons—which were the primary form of iconography brought back to Western Europe by Crusaders, mediate two parties in an interactive boundary that serves as the site of interface between the devotee and the saint. Just as the flesh of the face is the living mediation of self and other, the icon serves as the countenance of the saint that is present to the viewer.

Keywords:   iconicity, images, religion, Orthodox icons, sacred person

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