« 2018. #6 (144)

The Ethnology Notebooks. 2018, 6 (144), 1589–1595

UDK 7.04. 029: 7 (477) “16-17”

DOI https://doi.org/10.15407/nz2018.06.1589

Received 21.11.2018


ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0108-3317

Shyroka Оksana, Postgraduate student,

the Lviv National Academy of Arts,

38 Kubiiovycha Str., 79011, Lviv, Ukraine.

Contacts: Tel.: 0969319209, oksana.shiroka@gmail.com

Abstract. The article deals with the problems of the origin, structure and iconography of the Akathists of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ. Verseled texts of these two Akathists became the basis for their iconographic embodiment in the works of fine art. The general features of the structure and iconography are defined, the typology of the main motifs, plots and images of the Akathists of the Virgin and Christ based on examples of this iconography in the Ukrainian art of the XVII—XVIII centuries is singled out. The common and distinctive features of the structure and iconography of the Akathists of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ are analyzed. The influence of Western European art and theological literature on the Ukrainian iconography of the Akathists of the Virgin and Jesus Christ of the XVII—XVIII centuries was traced.

Keywords: Akathist of the Most Holy Mother of God, Akathist of Jesus Christ, kondak, icos, hayretism, praise of the Virgin.


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