A History of Icon Painting

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A History of Icon Painting is among the most comprehensive single books on the subject of iconography. High quality and sumptuously illustrated with 500+ full color illustrations, it offers an integral picture of the artistic, cultural, aesthetic and spiritual values which icons have reflected for many nations in different periods of history. Printed on high quality glossy paper, virtually every page contains multiple full color illustrations. Table of Contents include: Theological Fundamentals of the Icon and Iconography; Icon painting techniques; The Byzantine Icon in the 6th to 15th centuries; The Greek icon after the fall of Byzantium; Icon in Ancient Russia, 11th to 17th Centuries; Georgian Icon in the 10th – 15th century; Icons in Serbia ,Bulgaria and Macedonia- 15th -17th centuries; Ukrainian Icon painting; The Byelorussian Icon; Icon Painting in Romania ( Moldova and Walachia); Russian Icon in the 18th – to the beginning of the 20th Century; Icons of the 20th Century; Inscriptions on Icons; Chronological Table; Bibliography; List of Illustrations; Glossary.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 287 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Holdings Publishers, Moscow (January 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955008905
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955008900
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 7.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds

Customer Reviews

"MUST HAVE" for icon-lovers and writers

One person found this helpful.
 on October 8, 2013
By Christopher Armstrong-Stevenson
We say “writing” icons, even though we use brushes and paint to create them, because they were originally intended as religious teaching methods for people who either couldn’t read or write, or whose spoken language had no written form.

good general overview of the history of icon art

One person found this helpful.
 on January 24, 2014
By caitlin conklin
I bought this book as a gift for someone who recently converted to the orthodox church, I knew they had an appreciation for history as I did and also enjoyed Icon art. This book is the perfect combination for history lovers. It also has a chapter on the different methods of making an icon art piece. It includes the major icons that are easily recognizable and the back story to them.

More then hoped for

6 people found this helpful.
 on February 28, 2010
By nothing new
I lived in Riga ,Latvia for 3 years. It was common to see beautiful Icons in shop windows. I purchased this book as a reference book for painting. I started a series of large Icon paintings using contempory colors and painting techniques. My sole purpose was to use the book for image reference alone…but I became facinated by the history of the first Icon and their progression through the years and materials used. Now the series I’m working on has greater meaning to me.

The top book on the history of Icons

7 people found this helpful.
 on December 28, 2012
By Robert L. Holter
This book is not for the faint of heart – it is not just a glossy table book with a lot of pretty pictures! It contains a lot of research and exact information on Orthodox Icons over several periods and contains a lot of technical information that you need to read carefully and closely to really gain its depth. I have not read a better book on the history of icons, and have gained a lot of information that cleared up many mis conceptions about this subject, and the authors obviously spent a lot of time making sure that this book covered the subject factually and clearly, but they assume the reader will not just give the book a cursory glance!

History of Icon Painting

One person found this helpful.
 on April 30, 2014
By Susan Garrett
Great reference book! When writing icons, questions pop-up and a good reference book is very handy. I recommend this book to anyone starting out in iconography.

It’s well-written and the illustrations are excellent.

 on December 17, 2015
By demanding reader
This book is magnificent. It’s well-written and the illustrations are excellent.

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One person found this helpful.
 on February 19, 2014
By vwaratin
What a wonderful resource. But look out! I intended to check out a few ideas, and I found myself reading on and on!

A History of Icon Painting

 on May 2, 2014
By M. E. J. Cummins
Comprehensive history, listing dates icons painted and in date order.

Truly outstanding and informative

 on November 22, 2013
By Aris Kypris
Well compiled Very readable Excellent attention to detail and many illustrations which, though often familiar, clearly present links between historical theory/canons/data and the visible icon.

Understanding where Icons come from

 on April 4, 2014
By Ozeekat
Very useful book if you are studying Icons or learning to write them……specially if one is not of the Orthodox Faith.

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