PROSOPON SCHOOL OF ICONOLOGY

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The Prosopon School of Iconology introduces students to the practice and theory of the ancient Christian art of Byzantine icon writing. Apprenticeship in this discipline of the hand, mind, and heart can lead beyond technical competence; the method of study promotes the incarnation of the principles of the painting experience into the other spheres of one's life. Because an icon is said to be the "Gospel in color," the School welcomes inquiring students from all backgrounds and of all levels of artistic competence. The School additionally encourages the search for a more profound experience of the Christian icon by means of exhibits, lectures, and publications.

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Byzantine Church painting has flowered in different historical epochs and in different lands in various ways. Yet traditional iconography always remains within the bounds of a certain unspoken canon guided by the specific world view of the Christian faith. Today, the iconographer within the Prosopon School attempts to produce icons reflecting an inner mysterious depth and natural vibrancy evident in the greatest ancient examples of the tradition. Especially valued in the School is the transparency and luminescence of ancient Russian icon painting which reached a unique height at around the fifteenth century. However, there is no attempt to copy old icons directly. Tradition is not a thing of the past; it necessarily rejuvenates itself, clothing the eternal in new forms corresponding to the possibilities of the given era and thereby exerting an influence on contemporary life. To produce a living icon, the aspiring iconographer must immerse him or herself in the theological and iconological principles taught by the Church while working on the refinement of his or her sense of artistic nuance.

As is fitting to the icon’s sacred function, predominantly natural materials are used in the School: wooden panels gessoed with natural ground, genuine gold leaf applied by the bole method, egg tempera with ground pigments, and linseed oil finish. The iconographic method of the School is characterized by a multi-step process in which the succession of steps is concrete and definite, as in the liturgical services of the Church. Although the striving is for a high artistic level, the focus of the icon writer is nevertheless on personal spiritual discipline and growth within the teachings of the Orthodox Church.

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DVDs Available as sets or individually

FOR BEGINNERS

FOR BEGINNERS

ADVANCED TECHNIQUES

ADVANCED TECHNIQUES

ADVANCED TECHNIQUES

SET OF FIVE DVDs

ARCHANGEL MICHAEL

LOGOS EMMANUEL

ANGEL HYSECHIA

THEOTOKOS HODEGETRIA

CHRIST PANTOCRATOR

BLU-RAY & DVD SETS

FOR BEGINNERS

ADVANCED TECHNIQUES

ADVANCED TECHNIQUES

ADVANCED TECHNIQUES

SET OF FIVE DVDS & FOUR BLU-RAYS

HD SET

FOR BEGINNERS

ADVANCED TECHNIQUES

ADVANCED TECHNIQUES

ADVANCED TECHNIQUES

SET OF FIVE DVDS, FOUR BLU-RAYS & A USB HARD DRIVE

ARCHANGEL MICHAEL

ARCHANGEL MICHAEL

CHRIST PANTOCRATOR

CHRIST PANTOCRATOR

THEOTOKOS HODEGETRIA

THEOTOKOS HODEGETRIA

ANGEL HYSECHIA

ANGEL HYSECHIA

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FULL HD IN 1080 BLU-RAY & DVD DISCS

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