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Icons study guide

Silver icon with painting of the Virgin and Child, embellished with semi-precious stones, Russia, 19th century. Museum no. 141-1906

Silver icon with painting of the Virgin and Child, embellished with semi-precious stones, Russia, 19th century. Museum no. 141-1906


  • Barasch, Mosche, Icon: studies in the history of an idea, New York: New York University Press, 1992
  • Belting, Hans, Likeness and presence: a history of the image before the era of art, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1994
  • Cormack, Robin, Writing in gold: Byzantine society and its icons, London: George Philip, 1985
  • Cormack, Robin, Painting the soul:  icons, death masks and shrouds, London: Reaktion Books, 1997
  • Galavaris, George, The icon in the life of the church: doctrine, liturgy, devotion, Leiden: Brill, 1981
  • Heard Hamilton, George, The art and architecture of Russia, Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1954
  • Limouris, Gennadios, Icons: windows on eternity: theology and spirituality in colour, Geneva: World Council of Churches, 1990
  • Maguire, Henry, The icons of their bodies: saints and their images in Byzantium, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996
  • Ouspensky, Leonid, Theology of the icon, Saint Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1992
  • Ouspensky, Leonid and Vladimir Lossky, The meaning of icons, Crestwood, NY: Saint Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1982
  • Pelikan, Jaroslav Jan, Imago Dei: the Byzantine apologia for icons, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1990
  • Sendler, Egon, The icon, image of the invisible: elements of theology, aesthetics and technique, Oakwood Publications, 1988
  • Talbot Rice, David, Art of the Byzantine era, London: Thames and Hudson, 1963
  • Taylor, John, Icon painting, Phaidon, 1979
  • Temple, Richard, Icons: a search for inner meaning, The Temple Gallery, 1982
  • Temple, Richard, Icons and the mystical origins of Christianity, Shaftesbury: Element, 1990
  • Weitzmann, Kurtz, The icon: holy images, sixth to fourteenth century, London: Chatto & Windus, 1978
  • Weitzmann, Kurtz et al, The icon, Evans Brothers Ltd, 1982

Other collections

The British Museum
(Dept of Medieval and Later Antiquities)
Great Russell Street,
London WC1B 3DG
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7323 8299

Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery
Museum Street
Blackburn BB1 7AJ
Telephone: 01254 667130
Fax: +44 (0)1254 695370

Christ Church Gallery
Christ Church
Telephone: +44 (0)1865 276172
Fax: +44 (0)1865 202429


  • Ancient Russian Icons, 8 November-28 December 1929
  • Masterpieces of Byzantine Art, Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh, 23 August 1958-13 September 1958
    Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1 October 1958-9 November 1958
  • The Byzantine World, Chichester District Museum, 1978
  • Icons from Bulgaria, Courtauld Gallery, London, 1978
  • Icons in Oxford, Christ Church Gallery, Oxford, 1980
  • From Byzantium to El Greco: Greek Frescoes and Icons, Royal Academy of Arts, London, 27 March 1987-21 June 1987
  • Gates of Mystery: The Art of Holy Russia, 20 October 1993-3 January 1994
  • Byzantium: Treasures of Byzantine Art and Culture from British Collections, The British Museum, London, February 1995-23 April 1995
  • The Art of Holy Russia: Icons from Moscow 1400-1660,  Royal Academy of Arts, London, 19 March 1998-14 June 1998
  • Conversations with God: Icon Masterpieces from the Byzantine Museum of Athens, The Hellenic Centre, London, 22 May 1998-21 June 1998
  • Cyprus: The Holy Island, The Hellenic Centre, London, 1 November 2000-17 December 2000
  • Sinai, Byzantium, Russia, Courtauld Gallery, London, 19 October 2000-4 February 2001

Last updated 15 August 2002

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