Re: Books on Icons
- Dmitriy wrote:
>While on the subject, here's a short biblio on icons from a CA I'm sporadically
> A couple of people asked me about icons at Pennsic -- the books in English
> I've come across are:
> Hamilton, George. "Art and Architecture of Russia" , Yale University Press.
> (get the latest edition -- 1983, I believe). Lots of black-and-white photos
> & reproductions, and the first half of the book deals with pre-1700s.
> Avinoff, A. Russian Icons and Objects of Ecclesiastical and Decorative Arts
> Kondakov, "The Russian Icon" -- it's an abbreviated translation of a
> 4-volume work, but what the hey.. hard to find.
working on. If anyone has any questions, let me know. When I'm not doing SCA or
school stuff, I'm being a mundane iconographer.
An Icon Painterユs Notebook: The Bolshakov Edition. Trans. and ed. by Gregory
Melnick. Torrence, CA. Oakwood Publications. 1995.
This is a presentation of the Bolshakov podlinik. Excellent notes and
An Iconographerユs Patternbook: The Stroganov Tradion. Trans. and edited by Fr.
Christopher P. Kelley. Torrence, CA. Oakwood Publications. 1992.
This is a reproduction of the famous Stroganov podlinik, with translations of
the original iconographersユ instructions.
An Iconographerユs Sketchbook: Drawings and Patterns. Vol. 1: The Postinkov
Collection. Trans. and commentary by Gregory Melnick. Torrence, CA. Oakwood
The patterns came from two 19th C. Russian podliniki, published by the St.
Petersburg Archaeological Institute. Excellent patterns for iconography, with
very useful information.
Coomler, David. The Icon Handbook. Templegate Publishers. Springfield, IL. 1995.
This book has some interesting information on some very unusual icons; many of
the icons herein, although based on actual models, are considered uncanonical
and are good studies but not as objects of devotion. On the other hand, many of
the patterns are perfectly acceptable. The samples herein are a real mixed bag.
Drevnerusskaya Zhivopisユ v Sobranii Ermitazha (Early Russian Paintings in the
Hermitage). Iskusstvo. St. Petersburg, Russia. 1992.
Save for a three-page summary in the back, the text is all in Russian. Still,
this coffee-table book is chock-full of wonderful iconography. An excellent
resource. There are also several sample pages from illuminated texts.
Icons: Art and Devotion. Intro. by T. Talbot Rice. Studio Editions, Ltd. London.
This is an excellent study of full-color icons. It is often available at book
superstores like Barnes and Noble.
Izobrazhenniya Bozhiej Materi i Svyatykh Pravoslavnoj Tserkvi (Images of the
Mother of God and Saints in the Orthodox Church). Izdanie Khrama Spasa
Nerukotvornovo Obraza. Moskow. 1995.
This is a modern podlinik; the illustrations ム all line drawings ム are all
perfectly clear and well-done. An excellent source.
John of Damascus, St. On the Divine Images. Trans. by David Anderson. St.
Vladimirユs Seminary Press, Crestwood, NY. 1980.
This is considered one of the definintive texts on the theology of the icon, by
one of iconoclasmユs greatest opponents.
Kalokyris, Constantine. [The Essence of] Orthodox Iconography. Holy Cross
Orthodox Press. Brookline, MA. Preface dated 1965: Copyrighted, but no date.
An excellent slender volume. There is a discrepancy in title between title page
and cover. It helps if the reader is familiar with Greek, as Prof. Kalokyris
sprinkles Greek-language text among his verbiage like a Hellenic Johnny
Appleseed. Quite a few B&W illustrations of seldom-seen iconographic mosaics.
Ouspensky, Leonid. Theology of the Icon. 2 vols. Trans. by Anthony Gythiel. St.
Vladimirユs Seminary Press. Crestwood, NY. 1992.
This is the most comprehensive introduction (at two volumes!) on the theology
and history of iconography by one of the most influential iconographers of this
century. While it is of little use to one who merely wishes to paint, it is of
enormous value to one who wants to understand and appreciate the icon for what
Sandler, Egon. The Icon: Image of the Invisible. Trans. by Fr. Steven Bigham.
Oakwood Publications. Torrence, CA. 1981. 1993 impression.
This is the best single volume on the how-toユs and history of iconography. It
contains many plate samples of existing icons, but it is not a podlinnik. If you
are interested in iconography and can afford only one title, it should be this
Smirnova, E.S. Moskovskaya Ikona XIVミXVII Vekov (Moscow Icons of the 14thミ17th
Centuries). Aurora, Leningrad. 1988.
This is a coffee-table book full of fine examples of historical iconography.
The メPainterユs Manualモ of Dionysius of Fourna. Trans. by Paul Hetherington.
Oakwood Publications. Redondo Beach, CA. 1983.
This is the written instruction from one of the most famous Byzantine-style
iconographers, the monk Dionysius of Fourna, in the early 1800s. Although the
work is post-Period, we must remember that iconography canons were unchanging,
so Dionysiusユs book is worth study.
The Glory of Byzantium. Ed. by Helen C. Evans and William D. Wixom. The
Metropolitan Museum of Art. NYC. 1997.
This was the catalogue of the 1997 special exhibition at the Met of Byzantine
arts and artefacts. This is a fantastic sourcebook for such arts, but it also
contains color plates of some very rare and wonderful icons, some out of their
monasteries for the first time in centuries. Itユs expensive, but if you are
interested in Byzantine art, get this 570-page, full-color book and get it now.
Theodore the Studite, St. On the Holy Icons. Trans. by Catharine P. Ross. St.
Vladimirユs Seminary Press. Crestwood, NY. 1981.
With On the Divine Images of St. John of Damascus, this text, from the
iconoclastic period, is one of the great theological discussions on icons.
Wonderworking Icons of the Theotokos. Trans. by Archpriest Feodor S. Kovalchuk.
Catholic Publishing Co. Youngstown, OH. 1985.
This tiny volume funcitons as a podlennik, presenting dozens of patterns for
icons of the Theotokos, and provides a sketched history of each prototype. Very