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Upcoming Lectures

  • January 9 —
    February 6
    Truth and Illusion in Ancient Church Art
    Iconography school of Ukrainian Catholic University
    • January 9 - 12 pm EST — Lecture 1. The strangeness and beauty of ancient art: belief or doubt?
    • January 16 - 12 pm EST — Lecture 2. How many types of perspective do we need and why?
    • January 23 - 12 pm EST — Lecture 3. Space in icon painting: adequate or confining?
    • January 30 - 12 pm EST — Lecture 4. Time in icon painting: from historical to infinite.
    • February 6 - 12 pm EST — Lecture 5. Light in ancient church art: truth and illusion.

    Lectures in English

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    This short course offers you an opportunity to examine the foundations of traditional Eastern Christian iconography and to look at some of its peculiar features. We will examine images of Byzantine and medieval Ukrainian art and make an attempt to understand the relationship between their theological/spiritual content and artistic form in which this content is expressed. We will address the question: why some images of church art look so strange that you involuntarily want to correct them? Conventional answer to this problem has been: ancient artists did not understand the rules of composition and human anatomy. Such an answer, however, looks very naïve and superficial, especially when the given work of art is distinguished for its high artistic quality. What if these ‘mistakes’ and ‘distortions’ are intentional and are a part of a certain artistic language based on the laws of our visual perception?

    The lectures will deal with this special language of Eastern Christian art that was developed and perfected over many centuries. The original intentions of ancient authors become evident when different aspects of their images are analyzed and viewed as a single unified whole.
    Each lecture of this course will add new facets to our understanding of this ‘iconic language’, building upon the previous ones. We will gradually see how different aspects of this artistic language are arranged: the forms of bodies and objects, space, materiality, time and light. In the end, there is a surprise – through the ancient art we will find a new way to understand artistic languages of different periods: from ancient Egypt and Greco-Roman art to the Renaissance, impressionism and modern cartoons. This is what was developed by the ancient Church art and given as a gift to the world – through form, time, space and light. The course will be attuned to the needs of those who are just familiarizing themselves with church art and for those who have long known and loved it.
  • Lectures Archive

  • December 17 —
    January 7
    From the Abyss to Christmas: Iconography, Forms and Meanings of the Altar Space
    ETHOS platform
    • December 17 - 19:00 — Lecture 1. Origins of altar space formation
    • December 24 - 19:00 — Lecture 2. Cave, death and womb in artistic forms of sacred space
    • January 7 - 19:00 — Lecture 3. Mother of God, shell and pearl: mystery of embodiment in altar’s artistic forms
      Open lecture for Christmas.
    There are two opposites in the title of the course. Abyss is a depth without a bottom, emptiness, darkness and death. Christmas is the epiphany and fullness of Joy, the Salvation of the world, the birth of Christ - the Light and the Word. These poles create the imagery of the altar space through the centuries. What was the way from one pole to the other?

    Architectural and visual forms are always associated with their archetypes in world-view, philosophy and theology. To understand these connections today means to see the meanings and mysteries of theology that were originally built into simple art forms and have always been there. To see these connections means to feel the altar as an integral and wise space where the Sacrament of salvation is being performed. I invite you to a journey from the darkness of the cave to the light of Christmas, so that you see the altar space through different eyes.
  • Apr 9, 18:00
    Kharkiv
    "The doctrine of the church image at the Fifth‑Sixth Cathedral and the iconoclastic period"
    Orthodox Theological Courses
  • Mar 25, 18:00
    Moscow
    "The light of God's Glory in iconography from sources to development forms: a wealth of ideas and meanings"
    Location: Aleksei Kozlov’s workshop "ЦХИАР", Bul'varnaya St, 4/5.
  • Mar 22, 17:00
    Sergiev Posad
    "Velum in iconography as a real object and iconographic symbol: the history of appearance and transformation"
    Location: Aleksei Kozlov’s workshop "ЦХИАР", Bul'varnaya St, 4/5.
  • Mar 21, 14:00
    Moscow
    "Designs and symbolism of late antique and medieval canopy, tents and curtains (according to art and texts evidences)"
  • Mar 20, 18:00
    Moscow
    "Mystery of Baptism in early Byzantium: the Spirit creates a Form for itself"
    Location: "ProCafe", Obrucheva St, 23 building 3. Admission by invitation only.
  • Mar 18, 17:00
    Moscow
    "Shroud: the history of the subject, worship and decoration"
    Location: Center "Efdesign", Bolshaya Gruzinskaya St, 32/34  building 10.
  • Mar 17, 15:00
    Moscow
    "Byzantine sources and the Eucharistic interpretation of the image of the Mother of God on the chalice veils"
    Location: Orthodox Humanitarian Institute "So‑deistvie",
    Church of St. Iryna in Pokrovsky.
  • Mar 16, 19:00
    Moscow
    " Empress Theodora: the mystery of a female portrait in the altar and the text of fabrics"
    Location: Tekstilshchiki station (For more details call 89166508534 or contact fb: Агнесса Арморик)
  • Feb 27, 18:00
    Kharkiv
    "Temple as a tent in Byzantine art"
    Location: Theological courses, Moskalivska St, 3.
  • Jan 27, 16:00
    Moscow
    "Epitrachile Iconography: Theological Understanding and Classification"
    Location: Orthodox Humanitarian Institute "So‑deistvie",
    Church of St. Iryna in Pokrovsky.
  • Jan 25, 11:30
    Moscow
    "Methods of fastening and function of the Byzantine curtains (based on materials of iconography and texts)"
    Location: Museum of the Russian icon, Goncharnaya St. 3, building 1.
  • Jan 24, 19:00
    Elektrostal
    "Christmas and Baptism — cave and shell: in iconography, homely, and the church space"
    Location: Ludmila Lutsuk’s workshop, Pervomayskaya St., 48А.
  • Jan 23, 17:30
    Sergiev Posad
    "Space and time in an icon‑painting work"
    From the lecture course "Mysteries of Narrative Fabrics (in iconography, rite and tradition)".
    Location: Moscow Theological Academy, The Holy Trinity‑St. Sergius Lavra.
  • Jan 22, 17:30
    Sergiev Posad
    "Heavens and Veils: Iconography, Liturgical Practice and Historical Development"
    From the lecture course "Mysteries of Narrative Fabrics (in iconography, rite and tradition)".
    Location: Moscow Theological Academy, The Holy Trinity‑St. Sergius Lavra.
  • Jan 21, 17:30
    Sergiev Posad
    "Images of the same name in iconography of frescos, icons and liturgical veils: what are the differences?"
    From the lecture course "Mysteries of Narrative Fabrics (in iconography, rite and tradition)".
    Location: Moscow Theological Academy, The Holy Trinity‑St. Sergius Lavra.
  • Jan 20, 17:30
    Sergiev Posad
    "The language of Veils in early Byzantine art: semantics and reasons of involving"
    From the lecture course "Mysteries of Narrative Fabrics (in iconography, rite and tradition)".
    Location: Moscow Theological Academy, The Holy Trinity‑St. Sergius Lavra.
  • Jan 16, 17:00
    Moscow
    "Shell and apse from antiquity to Christianity: a wealth of ideas and meanings"
    Location: "Guild of Cathedral Creators", 2 Entuziastov St, 5 (Andrey Anisimov’s workshop). Office phone: +7 4957558511.
  • Jan 15, 18:00
    Moscow
    "Flowers of the Eucharist and flowers of the Kingdom of Heaven"
    Location: Center "Efdesign", Bolshaya Gruzinskaya St, 32/34  build. 10.