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Religous Icons. Painting them. References.


NOTE: See also the files: Icons-art, relics-msg, rosaries-msg, religion-msg,  saints-msg, p-bibles-msg, burials-msg, painting-msg, frescoes-msg.





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Thank you,

    Mark S. Harris                  AKA:  THLord Stefan li Rous

                                          Stefan at florilegium.org



Date: Fri, 22 Jan 1999 17:49:10 -0600

From: Roberta R Comstock <froggestow at juno.com>

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: Re: painting


<jmac at islandnet.com> writes:

>.....  I know of a few people experimenting with dyptych(I hope I

spelled that right).

>That's a Russian religious icon used for devotional activities..I've

seen one(HL Linnet's--*drool*).


>Lady Sciath


Although a Russian icon may be a diptych, there are other formats for

icons as well.


Not all diptychs are Russian or icons.


A diptych is a pair of hinged panels.  The may contain a writing surface

such as beeswax on which one may take notes with a pointed stylus.  Or

they may have a carved or recessed painted surface, often including one

or more icons.    A triptych is similar, except that it has 3 panels.

Usually the two side panels meet in the center of the large panel when

closed.   These were sometimes placed on altars or in shrines.  Small

ones are easily portable.


These are commonly made of wood.   The surface to be painted is usually

coated with gesso befor color is applied.   I have also seen small metal

diptichs and triptichs which may be worn as lockets. Larger ones are

sometimes associated with reliquaries.





Date: Wed, 27 Jan 1999 10:09:53 +0000

From: Scot Eddy <seddy at vvm.com>

To: sca-arts at raven.cc.ukans.edu

Subject: Re: Icon book question


> I just noticed that Daedalus Books has in their Winter 1999 book, a

> book on Iconography. Icons by Gordana Babic, I.P. Verlgsgesellschaft.

> Import. $14.98 ...explains icons (eikon) etc...In this book, 64 great

> icons (one to a page and in glowing color) are introduced and

> interpreted by leading sacred art scholar Gordana Babic. The examples

> come from Greece, Serbia, Macedonia, Russia, Bulgaria and Hungary,

> where they can still be seen in their gilded radiance in churches

> and museums.


> Have you heard of this volume? Is a good one for the icons of the

> SCA period? Is is a good, overview one for someone new to icons

> and only wanting an overview?


>   Stefan




No, I haven't had a chance to check it out, but thanks for the heads up.

Here are 7 of the best books from my library that are worth reading if

one is interested in iconography.


Actually, icongraphy would be quite normal and accessible to most

Europeans, even Normans. The Crusades brought iconography West where is

took root in the Catholic Church.


If you're looking just for pictures of Icons then a cheap way to go is

to buy icon calendars from the previous year rather than a more

expensive book. Light and Life Publishing is a good source both for

Byzanitne history and iconography books. Here is their address if you're



Light & Life Publishing

4818 Park Glen Road

Minneapolis, MN 55416


Voice:(612) 925-3888

FAX: (612) 925-3918

Toll Free Fax: (US Only) (888) 925-3918



Chatzidakis, Manolis, et al. The Icon.  New York:  Alfred A Knopf, 1982.


Weitzmann, Kurt,  Manolis Chatzidakis, and Svetozar Radojcic.,  ICONS.

Alpine Fine             Arts Collection (UK), LTD., 1993.

        ISBN 0-933516-07-X


Brenske, Helmut. Icons. Berghaus Printing 1996 (no ISBN listed)


Rice, David Talbot. Art of the Byzantine Era. Thames and Hudson. 1963

    ISBN 0-500-20004-1


Pelikan, Jaroslav. Imago Dei. Princeton University Press. 1990

    ISBN 0-691-09970-7 (alk. paper)


Maguire, Henry. The Icons of Their Bodies. Princeton University Press.

    ISBN 0-691-02581-9 (cl:alk paper)


Lowden, John. Early Christian and Byzantine Art. Phaidon Press Limited.

    1997    ISBN 0-7148-3168-9



Subject: icon writing

Date: Tue, 01 Dec 98 08:18:26 MST

From: Scot Eddy <seddy at vvm.com>

To: "Mark.S Harris (rsve60)" <rsve60 at email.sps.mot.com>


It's called "writing" because you are producing a physical manifestation

of a intangible prayer. It's part prayer, part story. The Romans (as the

Byzanines called themselves) saw the icon as a tool for worship; like

incense, organ music, candles, and prayers.


Hope this sheds some light.




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