AbstractsPhilosophy & Theology

The influence of the icon in contemporary Egyptian art

by Jamal Joumaa

Institution: University of Western Sydney
Department: School of Contemporary Arts
Degree: MA(Hons)
Year: 2002
Keywords: iconic art; Coptic icons; Byzantine icons; Christian art; Christian symbolism; Egyptian art
Record ID: 1043274
Full text PDF: http://handle.uws.edu.au:8081/1959.7/229


The icon represents a great part of the heritage of Christian arts in Egypt. In this thesis the early stages of iconic art are studied to find out the influential factors leading to the formation of the icon as it is now. The Coptic icon in particular is studied, both the icon itself and how it differs from the Byzantine icon. The religious factor is focussed on as an effective and modelling element in defining the icon, and the symbols are studied in order to go back to their historical roots. This study also aims at tracing the phenomenon of iconic art, by studying its characteristics and the works themselves and by clarifiying the iconic symbols as part of the cultural and creative activity. The important artworks in iconic art are analysed, and the effect of iconic art on human and social life is shown Master of Arts (Hons)