Radiant Art

The Uncreated Light: An Iconographical Study of the Transfiguration in the Eastern Church
by Solrunn Nes
Eastern Christian Publications, 2002
(161 pages; $75.00, hardcover)

reviewed by Addison H. Hart

Solrunn Nes’s work is strikingly her own, yet well within the Church’s tradition. Her icons are bright, spare, free of busyness and visual “noise,” and immediate to the beholder. Perhaps it is the provenance of her work, painted in the land of fjords and the aurora borealis, that inspires its luminosity and vibrancy of color. It appears “written” in runes of hued Nordic sunlight, yet in fine Byzantine style.

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Addison H. Hart is retired from active ministry as parish priest and university chaplain. He is the author of Knowing Darkness: On Skepticism, Melancholy, Friendship, and God and The Yoke of Jesus: A School for the Soul in Solitude (both from Eerdmans). His forthcoming book is a study of the Sermon on the Mount. He lives and writes in Norheimsund, Norway.

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