Architecture

The Principles of Orthodox Architecture Expressed in a Secular Building by Andrew Gould - If I may ask my readers’ indulgence, I would like to present one of my projects that is, emphatically, not Orthodox liturgical art. In full disclosure, it is a temple of another, quite secular, liturgy – the buying and selling of craft beer and fine wine. But, before you admonish me for writing about a ... Continue reading »

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Iconography

The Byzantine Sculpture of Michael Lucas by Andrew Gould - The following is an interview with sculptor Michael Lucas. Mr. Lucas is an accomplished artist who currently focuses on Byzantine-inspired carving in stone. Andrew Gould is working with Michael on an ongoing project to build a baptistery in South Carolina. A. Gould: You started iconographic carving late in your life. Tell us about your background as an artist. ... Continue reading »

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Music

The Task Fears the Maestro; Reflections on a Choral Master Class with Vladimir Gorbik by Joseph Nakpil - There is a Russian adage which translates as “the task fears the master craftsman,”[*] meaning work goes well when one knows one’s business. In the case of the recent master class in choral singing and conducting, entitled The Performance and Interpretation of Russian Sacred Choral Music, one could easily change this adage to “the task ... Continue reading »

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Minor Arts

Liturgical Furniture for an Historic Cathedral by Andrew Gould - I was asked, in 2015, to design a set of liturgical furniture for Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Baltimore. When I looked at the building, I could see that this would be a complex project with several stylistic influences in play. The monumental structure was built by a Protestant congregation in 1888 in the ‘Richardsonian ... Continue reading »

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Theory

The Mosaic Apse of Sant’Apollinaire in Classe, Ravenna by Aidan Hart - THE MOSAIC APSE OF SANT’APOLLINARE IN CLASSE, RAVENNA:  A Miracle of Design Aidan Hart There is some iconography that can only be described as miraculous. Such is the sixth century apse mosaic at the basilica of Saint Apollinare in Classe, five miles from Ravenna, Italy. Such works seem to flash forth, and are never – ... Continue reading »

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News


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 »
Nicholas Kotar Publishes The Song of Sirin -   (Editor's note:  We are excited to announce that Nicholas Kotar, who has written a few great pieces for OAJ, has recently published his first novel.  Here is a version of his press release.) Orthodox Writer writes a fantasy novel inspired by Russian fairy tales and the Lives of the Saints. Discouraged by the lack ... Continue reading »

Artist Features


The Byzantine Sculpture of Michael Lucas - The following is an interview with sculptor Michael Lucas. Mr. Lucas is an accomplished artist who currently focuses on Byzantine-inspired carving in stone. Andrew Gould is working with Michael on an ongoing project to build a baptistery in South Carolina. A. Gould: You started iconographic carving late in your life. Tell us about your background as an artist. Where were you trained, and what types of sculpture have you done over your career? M. Lucas: I received both my BFA and MFA from the Pennsylvania State University. I attended two courses in sculpture as an undergrad, but neither concerned stone carving. Each was about modeling the figure in clay and then molding and casting the sculptures in plaster. While a graduate student (1979- 1981) I concentrated on drawing. In subsequent years I experimented with all kinds of drawing media and imagery. I was especially interested in recording the effects of light and shadow through pencil, charcoal and ink. I eventually developed a sustained approach with pen drawing, utilizing a refined cross-hatch technique. Most of the drawings dealt with a dream-like view of nature. This series was widely exhibited, in juried shows, and grouped in one-person shows. My success in ... Continue reading »


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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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