Architecture

Church Architecture Doesn’t have to have the Same Objectives as Secular Architecture; An Interview with the Director of the Moscow Architectural Institute, Dimitry Shvidkovsky by Dinara Gracheva - Editor's note: This article is reposted from orthochristian.com.  It describes the current process by which church architects are trained in Russia, and the prevailing attitudes towards style, tradition, and innovation, in this field. A fascinating read for anyone interested in the contemporary rebirth of Russian church architecture. - A. Gould Since 2016, the leading Russian ... Continue reading »

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Iconography

Iconography of Ann Margitich A Surpassing Gentleness: An Interview with Iconographer Ann Margitich by Andrew Gould - It is my pleasure today to present the work of Matushka Ann Margitich, iconographer based in Santa Rosa, CA. Her work has a special place in my heart, my favorite among the many icon painters I am privileged to know. She paints the most kindly and gentle figures, with a delicate beauty of color and ... Continue reading »

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Music

In Defense of Metrical Translations by Richard Barrett - A liturgical craft that ideally draws very little attention to itself is that of translation -- particularly, the translation of hymnography. The English texts that we hear in church were translated by somebody, and that translator also had to make them natural-sounding and singable in English. In addition, there is also the question of whether ... Continue reading »

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Minor Arts

An American Shrine to Honor the Russian Royal Martyrs by Andrew Gould - It has been my particular honor to create a magnificent shrine and reliquary for the Russian Royal Martyrs. The shrine was commissioned by an American convert to Orthodoxy as a gift to the Hermitage of the Holy Cross, a Russian Orthodox monastery in West Virginia, USA. It was installed in time to commemorate the centenary ... Continue reading »

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Theory

The Icon of The Last Judgement by Jonathan Pageau - The icon of the Last Judgement is one of the most complex Christian images.  As depicting the final things, it is a synthesis of the cosmic mystery. As an image of judgement, it is also the place where everything is resolved by Christ.  From the very first moments in my burgeoning interest in iconology, I ... Continue reading »

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News


Sacred Choral Treasures of the Russian Emigration Premiered at the Moscow Conservatory Marking the Centenary of the Revolution: 1917–2017 - In late 2016, as the tragic centenary of the Russian revolutions was approaching, conversations began among musicians in Russia and the U. S. regarding an appropriately solemn and musically significant way to pay homage to the memory of those who had been affected by these events—in particular, composers, choirmasters, and church singers—both those who suffered ... Continue reading »
Release of Becoming Truly Human Film - Aspiration Studios Announces 2017 Premiere Date for Documentary BECOMING TRULY HUMAN Aspiration Studios has announced the newest title they will bring exclusively to churches and various non-theatrical venues late this summer. BECOMING TRULY HUMAN, the first feature film about America’s religiously unaffiliated, will be programmed in venues beginning August 22, 2017. BECOMING TRULY HUMAN is ... Continue reading »

Artist Features


A Surpassing Gentleness: An Interview with Iconographer Ann Margitich - It is my pleasure today to present the work of Matushka Ann Margitich, iconographer based in Santa Rosa, CA. Her work has a special place in my heart, my favorite among the many icon painters I am privileged to know. She paints the most kindly and gentle figures, with a delicate beauty of color and surface that is immensely approachable and attractive. I am pleased to offer the following interview to gain a few insights into her marvelous work. Gould: I've heard you were among the last pupils of Leonid Ouspensky. How did your interest in icon painting begin, and how did you come to study with Ouspensky? Margitich: I was one of his last students, one of the very many that studied with him in the final years of his life. I first met him in in 1983 and he reposed in 1987. I learned most of his views on painting and ways of working from two of his students, Fr Patrick Doolan, who is an American, and Helena Nikkanen, who is from Finland. They both worked with him extensively. I became interested in iconography after meeting Fr Andrew Tregubov in 1979. I met him ... Continue reading »

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Iconography of Ann Margitich

Orthodox Illustration Project

The purpose of this project is to make available online a collection of graphic illustrations of the highest quality. The collection will focus on iconographic drawings and related graphic ornaments stylistically suited to the illumination of printed Orthodox publications. The project will address the needs of Orthodox book designers, graphic artists, and many others, who desire excellent imagery for their publications.

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