1. I think it is difficult to underestimate the work fr. Silouan has done in mining the Fathers for a more balanced view of imagination as a neutral and dual capacity of soul. The pervasive view of the imagination which comes from monastic descriptions of pure prayer can be deceptive if they are applied to human activity, a point fr. Silouan makes so well in talking about the problem of simply copying the ancient models without moving towards an internal vision of the archetypes. It was also fascinating in Philip Davydov’s presentation to fill some of the “gaps” I had in understanding how the ancient icons came to their renewal in the 20th century. Bravo to all those who worked hard in putting this thing together. May it be a first of many events in the name of OAJ!

  2. Thank you Orthodox Arts Journal. Wonderful.

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