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

Love this book!

73 people found this helpful.
 on January 14, 2007
By Servant of God
I am an iconographer and the priest who taught me everything I know gave me this book. Unlike many of the icon books I own, it gives a more detailed description of each icon. It also has many inset photos of the icons so that you may study details better. It is inexpensive and contains a wealth of knowledge. If you are looking for more information on this beautiful and sacred art, this is a good start.


24 people found this helpful.
 on December 2, 2007
By Laurentiu
The book presents a geographical history of the icon. Very good quality with the images and the paper. A great work that makes you understand the icon with a great deal of examples.

a history of icon painting

14 people found this helpful.
 on February 4, 2009
By D. Acock
This book has a wealth of historical information from the eastern european perspective.Lots of color plates though most are quite small they are clear. It also includes resource information in the back. It is detailed and well worth the price. I just wish it included more pre-christian information on icons. A history is always more agreeable to me if it begins at the beginning. So if you are interested in the eastern european icons only, this is a very good book. I would recommend it.


6 people found this helpful.
 on February 22, 2012
By Amazon Customer
This History of Icon Painting is a gorgeously produced book. The icons are lovely. Actually, I spent a couple of weeks just looking at the pictures before I actually began reading. Some of the pictures are just unforgettable.

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!

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.

"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.

A must-have book for the iconographer

2 people found this helpful.
 on March 18, 2011
By Napa Artist
This book gives a very broad and comprehensive historical overview of iconography from the early Christian period, Byzantium (and after its fall) and up to the 20th century. It covers the various regions and schools of iconographic styles. Lavishly illustrated with color plates on every page. It also has a brief chapter on traditional materials and technique. An indispensable addition to my iconographic library.

Russian Treasure

4 people found this helpful.
 on October 10, 2009
By Myron A. Skulas
This is a treasure of a find for anyone seriously interested in icons and iconography. More specifically, if you are thirsting for knowledge on Russian iconography, I don’t think that you could get a better compendium of works on the subject.

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