This is the most comprehensive book to date on the techniques of icon and wall painting. Illustrated by over 450 colour ilustrations and over 160 drawings, it is a source of pleasure and inspiration for the general reader as well as for the practising icon painter. More than just a technical manual, it sets artistic practice in the context of the Church’s spirituality and liturgy, with chapters on the theology and history of the icon, and the reasons behind the placement of wall paintings within churches.
This book makes known to us a craft but more importantly it is the confessio of a man who epitomizes the liturgical beauty of the Orthodox Church.
He is full of joy and this same joy he communicates to us: with his heart he loves, and with his hands he fashions matter. He uses pencil, brush, chisel. He curves wood and stone, works with ,etal. He fashions form and colour. He manifests the spirit. Ane he confesses that “The Word Became Flesh*.
This you see not only how a holy icon is made within the Church, but also how the human person made as an icon of God struggles to become holy.
-Archimandrite Vasileios, Iviron Monastery, Mount Athos.
Aidan Hart combines the vision of the contemplative with the skill of a gifted artist. For those many people for whom Icons are a door into the divine there cannot be a better guide.
-Dr Richard Chartres, Bishop of London
An icon is visual theology, the Word of God. It can only be written in truth by one who seeks and loves this holy Word. Aidan Hart understands this to the depth.
-Sister Wendy Beckett