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Pavel Florenskij mellom geometriske utopier og ikonkosmologi
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Uppsala Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies.
2012 (Norwegian)In: Nordisk Østforum, ISSN 0801-7220, Vol. 26, no 3-4, 287-306 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

On the occasion of the 130th anniversary of the birth of Pavel Florensky, the aim of this article is to analyse the connection between Florensky’s mathematical approach to the physical space in the book Imaginations in Geometry and his influence on new theories of the space of the icon. The 19th and early 20th centuries witnessed a revolution in mathematics through the development of non-Euclidean geometry and the fourth dimension, which Florensky interpreted as rehabilitation of the philosophy of the Middle Ages. In Imaginations in Geometry he conceptualized a «Ptolemeic–Dantic view of the world» where by means of the Special Theory of Relativity he made an exact approach to the physical characteristics of objects in the border between Heaven and Earth. Although Florensky did not introduce any «divine geometry» when it came to the icon, the concurrent art theorist Nikolay Tarabukin was influenced by Imaginations in Geometry. Tarabukin interpreted the so-called «inverse perspective» as a non-Euclidean geometrical visualization of the metaphysical worldview of the Middle Ages that got lost in Europe in the Renaissance, and in Russia under Peter the Great, but is reborn in the 20th century, inspired by the experiments in mathematics.

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Oslo: Universitetsforlaget, 2012. Vol. 26, no 3-4, 287-306 p.
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Non-Euclidean Geometry, mathematics, icon, modernism, Florensky, Bugayev, Tarabukin, Zhegin, inverse perspective
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-195658OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-195658DiVA: diva2:608052
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