ICONOGRAPHY REFERENSES BOOKS
MOTHER OF GOD:
Representations of the Virgin in Byzantine Art.
Benaki Museum , Athens, Greece
An inspiring collection of icons and devotional objects of the Mother of
God brought together at the Benaki Museum in Athens published in honor
of the 2000 years of Christianity. The Benaki Museum has the finest
collection of Byzantine Art in the world, outside of the Holy Mountain
Athos. Order from the Skira Byzantine Art.
WHAT DO YOU KNOW
An aesthetic, historical and theological approach to the icons of the
Orthodox Church in the form of questions and answers. Accompanied by
numerous full-color reproductions of panel icons and frescoes, this is
an excellent "catechism" on iconography for the layman. Excellent
glossary and bibliography. $35.00
THE ICON : ITS MEANING
Author: Mahmoud Zibawi
For those who love icons and who would love to
know more about their history and the art itself, this book will prove a
real treasure. Featuring pages of illustrations and photographs, 96 in
full color, the book relates a wealth of information on iconography and
iconographers, and on their relationship to Church and State. Includes a
selected bibliography, a chronological reference chart, a list of
museums featuring iconography, and a glossary of terms.
Guide to Byzantine Iconography,
by Dr. Constantine Cavarnos
A masterful introduction to our Holy
Iconography written by a devout, believing Orthodox Christian. This is a
must for anyone's library who loves Holy Icons. A detailed explanation
of the characteristics of Byzantine iconography. This first volume
treats the chief doctrinal, liturgical and festal icons with great
insight. Numerous illustrations, including frescoes, mosaics and panel
icons from various times. $20.00
BYZANTINE ICONOGRAPHY, V. 2
by Constantine Cavarnos. Detailed, illustrated explanation of ten major
icons of the Festal Cycle, iconography of God, the Theotokos, St. John
the Baptist and the Angels. Also includes illuminating remarks by St.
Nectarios and Photios Kontoglou on "types" and "archetypes." $20.00
FROM CANDIA TO VENICE GREEK ICONS IN ITALY 15TH-16TH CENTURIE By
BYZANTINE WALL PAINTINGS IN RETHYMNON By Ioannis Spatharakis
Mitos/1997/soft cover 130 color icons with the best wall paintings from
58 Byzantine churches in Rethimno, Grete, Greece
COLOUR IN BYZANTINE ART
By Liz James.
This is the first book to investigate the place of
color in Byzantine art. By engaging the issue on both a tecnical level -
how colors were made, what colors were available - and a perceptual
level - how these colors were seen and described - James offers a new
approach to the study of color in art history. Including sixty-four
color illustrations, most never before published,64 color plates. 176pp
$115.00 Paper (Oxford University Press)
The Art of the
A Theology of Beauty
< Author: Paul Evdokimov
This book first presents the biblical and patristic vision of beauty,
and then applies it to contemporary movements in art. Next, he writes a
theology of the icon from a personal point of view and in the context of
the Orthodox Church. Finally, Evdokimov includes a section and
commentaries on 10 icons -- from Rublev's Holy Trinity to the
Painting the Soul: Icons, Death Masks, and Shrouds
(Essays in Art and Culture)
by Robin Cormack.
Painting the Soul explores both the creation and
the development of the icon, and looks in detail at the Turin Shroud,
Fayyum portraits from Egypt, and the early works of El Greco in Crete.
This beautifully illustrated book shows how the study of the icon can
transform our understanding of European art and culture. Publication
coincides with a major exhibition of Byzantine art at the Met in New
York,from March to July 1997.
14Th-18th Century the Rena Andreadis Collection
by Anastasia Drandaki, John Avgherinos
The Rena Andreadis icon collection is one of the best known private
collections of its kind.
It contains Greek icons ranging from the
14th to the 18th century,
covering a wide geographical area from
Constantinople and mainland Greece to Crete and the Ionian islands.
Devotion: Sacred Spaces in Imperial Russia
by O. Iu Tarasov, Oleg Tarasov, R. R. Milner-Gulland
In this novel study of the history of Russian icons, Oleg Tarasov looks
in detail at a range of fascinating issues,
from the sacred meanings
of such images to practical questions of how and why they were made.
The Meaning of
Leonid Ouspensky and Vladimir Lossky Price: $44.95 The classic work on
the techniques, language and interpretation of icons in the context of
theology and faith. Commentary and analysis of the main types of icons.
Lavishly illustrated, with 160 pages of text with drawings, 13 black and
white and 51 color plates.
Praying with the Icons
Description:Fascinating and beautiful, Praying with Icons offers a simple
introduction to the tradition of icons with special emphasis on their
function in spiritual life. Beginning with a history of iconography,
author Jim Forest shows how icons are not "art" in the usual sense, but
aids to contemplation and prayer, windows on the divine. He provides a
personal and practical guide to how one prays with icons.
These Things: Praying With Icons of the Virgin
by Rowan Williams
This beautifully illustrated new book invites modern-day pilgrims and people
of prayer to think about some of the different ways in which Mary is
regularly portrayed in the art of Eastern Christianity.
Dwelling of the Light: Praying With Icons of Christ
by Rowan Williams
The Dwelling of the Light: Praying with Icons of Christ'
is a companion
'Ponder These Things: Praying with Icons of the Virgin',
a recent book by Rowan Williams, now Archbishop of Canterbury.
Glenstal Book of Icons: Praying With the Glenstal Icons
by Gregory Collins
This bookpresents diverse prayers and meditations on various icons from
St John's Abbey's Byzantine chapel.
Full-color photographs of the
icons themselves (which in the monastic practice of lectio divina are
seen as "texts" prompting meditation on Christian mysteries),
well as an extensive and erudite commentary on the practice of praying
with these classic works of art and faith,
make The Glenstal Book of Icons the next best thing to personally
visiting the abbey to view these venerated icons on location.
Resurrection and the Icon
by Michel Quenot
This is a perfect handbook for the lay person who wishes to know more
about icons and their meaning. He explains the history of icons and then
goes on to discuss the theological meaning of specific icons in terms of
the theology of the Incarnation and the Resurrection.
Window on the Kingdom
by Michel Quenot
Translated from the French and already published in
The Icon: Window on the Kingdom includes 33 color
photos and 34 black and white illustrations.
The book covers
historical sources, theological and biblical foundations,
iconographic themes, and the icon's role in the life of believers.
The Icon: Image of the Invisible
A comprehensive study of the theology and history of the icon, its
aesthetics and techniques. Technical details and preparations, from
pigment colors to selection of wood. Includes specifics about Greek and
Russian techniques of the Middle Ages and calligraphy. For the
experienced iconographer and the neophyte. More than 100 color and black
and white photographs.
Festival Icons for the Christian Year
Author: John Baggley
The Christian year is full of great feasts, such
as Christmas, Easter and Pentecost. Beautifully illustrated with color
plates, Festival Icons for the Christian Year introduces the general to
the important icons of the Orthodox Church associated with these major
festiv also, accompanied by words of prayer and liturgy.
Icons of Their Bodies
by Henry Maguire
The Byzantines surrounded themselves with their
saints, invisible but constant companions, who were made visible by
dreams, visions, and art. The purpose of this book is to analyze the
logic of the saint's image in Byzantium, both in portraits and in
narrative scenes. The overall purpose of the book is to provide a new
view of Byzantine art, one that integrates formal analysis with both
theology and social history.
Doorways: A Beginner's Guide to Icons
by Linette Martin
Many appreciate and admire icons while failing to understand them, which
isn't surprising because iconography is a complex subject with thousands
of years of history. Martin aims to increase understanding of what icons
convey. She defines icon and describes an icon's purpose.
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The Cretan Painter Theophanis.
Manolis Chatzidakis. Price: $121.00
The last phase of the art of the famous iconographer as expressed on the
frescoes of Stavronikita Monastery on Mt. Athos. Chapters include:
Theological Introduction, by Archimandrite Vasilios, Abbot of the
Monastery; The Cretan Painter Theophanis, by Manolis Hadzidakis,
Academician (a full-length study); The Wall-Paintings, 223 color-plates
which reproduce all the mural decoration executed by Theophanis.
Architectural plans of the areas painted and the iconographic program
are included. This is a large-format book, measuring 9 3/4" x 12 1/4",
with 328 pages in a clothbinding, with a full-color dust-wrapper. 328pp
Greek Art: Byzantine Mosaics.
Nano Chatzidakis. Publisher: Ekdotike Athenon ISBN: 9602133147 Binding:
Hardcover. Price: $119.50
The author, a professor at the University
of Ioannina, discusses the origins, the uses and the sphere of influence
of mosaics and embarks on a historical examination of the Byzantine
mosaics by period from the foundation of Constantinople to its capture
by the Turks through 208 color photos each with a description and
commentary. 208 color plates
Icons of Cyprus.
Athanasios Papageorghiou. Publisher: The Holy Archbishopric of Cyprus
A hundred and fifty-three full page color reproduced icons comprise the
heart of this large beautiful volume, one of the few on the subject of
icon painting in Cyprus. Icons of all six periods of the history of
iconography in Cyprus are presented: From the Early Byzantine period
(4th-7th centuries) to the period of the Turkish Occupation (1570-1878).
Bibliography and glossary. 153 color pictures. 222 pp. 24.5x32 cm
Icons of the Holy Monastery of Pantokrator.
Stelios Papadopoulos. Publisher: Holy Monastery of Pantokrator ISBN:
9608625807 Binding: Hardcover. Price: $128.80
This is the first book
to cover the history and the noteworthy icons of the Holy Monastery of
Pantokrator from the 13th through 19th centuries. The Pantokrator
Monastery is one of the seven major Athonite monasteries which were
founded or revived in the second half of the 14th or early 15th century.
Bibliography. 191 color illustrations. Hard bound with protective case.
376 pp. 24 x 32 cm
BYZANTINE DECORATIVE ART. By P. Vaboulis.
A publication with a strictly specialized content, it presents Byzantine
Decorative Art in a careful and conscientious selection by Petros
Vaboulis, one of our most distinguished contemporary iconographers,
student of the great master, Fotis Kontoglou, and perpetuator of his
school. Exceptional work of Byzantine art. Hard cover. Cassetine.
Hundreds of designs and colour illustrations. $200.00. Greek and English
The Painter's Manual of Dionysius of Fourna,
by Peter Hetherington This book has old recipes according to the Greek
Iconographer's Sketchbook: The Tulin Collection
A supplement to "An Iconographer's Patternbook",
these sketchbooks were originally published in the 19th century from
They contain patterns and figures, after classic
and traditional models,
including many patterns of Christ and Mary
and drawings of saints of the Orthodox Church.
The Iconographer's Patternbook: The Stroganov Tradition,
Fr. Christopher P. Kelley, translator
This book has good general information on vestments. It follows the
Church calendar month by month and has patterns for many of the feast
days and lots of patterns of rows of saints and clergy
The Icon Painter's Notebook: The Bolshakov Edition,
Gregory Melnick ,translator
This one has fewer but larger patterns of several scenes from Genesis
and the Gospels. The first part of the book has descriptions for the
icons of the entire Church calendar year. The descriptions explain the
colors of the clothes of each person on the icon, the type of beard a
particular saint has, and many more details.
The Practice of Tempera Painting
Daniel V. Thompson Jr.
This book describes in detail the tempera painting technique used by
Cennino Cennini a Rennaissance Florentine artist. It discusses grounds,
drawing, metal leafing, pigments, and other supplies, painting and
of Icon Painting
by Guillem Ramos-Poqui
This is a good resource for someone who would like to know more about
how to paint icons in the Russian style. There are beautiful photos of
many icons, along with step-by-step instructions on how to paint them.
by Altoon Sultan
This guide examines the use of egg tempera to achieve luminous effects
in painting. Complete with step-by-step photographs,
the book illustrates all stages of preparation, development and
completing of paintings and discusses issues of light, colour and form.