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APPROACHING THE DIVINE - A PRIMER FOR ICONOGRAPHY
By Rev. Richard G. Cannuli, O.S.A.
- The artworks project is a rare essence of mysticism . . . helping the artist connect with his audience while urging them to connect with each other, as they seek to respect the spirit of mystery and life - Burton Wasserman, Emeritus Professor of Art and Art Critic, Rowan University.
Cannuli has offered a great gift to those who know his work. I recently had the privilege of presenting Father Richard’s icon of Saint Augustine to His Holiness, Pope Francis, who was visibly moved and deeply appreciative as he held it in his hands. The spirituality of Saint Augustine, of which interiority is a pillar, is beautifully represented by all that Father Richard communicates through his art: God is truly present in our midst - Bishop Robert F. Prevost, Titular Bishop of Sufar and Former Prior General of the Order of Saint Augustine.
- Cannuli is among the foremost iconographers today. His icons, teaching of future iconographers and deep sense of the history and power of icons in evoking spiritual devotion are qualities that have endeared him to a whole generation of people. Approaching the Divine brings together decades of his work for those looking for spiritual sustenance and a personal path to union with the divine - Carol Ludwig, Executive Director, The Center for Spiritual Care.
- Cannuli's book Approaching the Divine gives the viewer insight into faith and hope by using imagery and color to explain the abundant graces and mercies of the God of the universe to a world greatly in need - Archpriest John Perich, Saint Herman of Alaska Orthodox Church.
Approaching the Divine – A Primer for Iconography is a collection of original icons – transfigurations of beauty and windows to heaven – by the hand of world-renowned American iconographer and Villanova University professor of art, the Reverend Richard G. Cannuli, O.S.A. Displaying icons of Christ, the Eternal Father, the Virgin Mary, angels and archangels, festal icons and icons of various saints in more than 100 full color pictures, Cannuli masterfully straddles and unites into one the artistic and spiritual divide between the Western Church and the Eastern Church by writing Catholic icons in the Russian-Byzantine tradition as a bi-ritual priest. Cannuli’s icons can be found in several churches and collections, and in the possession of many individuals around the globe including His Holiness, Pope Francis; the Maronite Primate, Patriarch Nasrallah Peter Sfeir and in the famous icon collection of Saint Catherine at Mount Sinai, Egypt.