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The World to Come

Title:      The World to Come
Category:      Harvard Series in Ukrainian Studies
Author:      Liliya Berezhnaya and John-Paul Himka
ISBN:      9781932650112
Publisher:      Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute Publications
Publication date:      August 2015
Number of pages:      410
Cover:      cover

Icons and murals depicting the biblical scene of the Last Judgment are found in many Eastern-rite churches in medieval and early modern Ukraine and date from the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries. These images were extraordinarily elaborate, composed of dozens of discrete elements reflecting Byzantine, Novgorodian, Moldavian, and Catholic influences, in addition to local and regional traditions. Over time, the details of the iconography evolved in response to changing regional cultural resources, the conditions of material life at the time, and new trends in mentality and taste.

This catalog lists and describes more than eighty Last Judgment images from present-day Ukraine, eastern Slovakia, and southeastern Poland, making it the fullest compilation of its kind. Photographs show overviews and details of the images, and most are printed in full color. The icons and murals provide a valuable source of knowledge about the culture in which they were created: what was meant by good and evil, what was prophesied for the future, and what awaited in the afterlife.

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