News & Events
The Last Anchorite - a documentary film about the pilgrimage of Father Lazarus El Anthony
Remigiusz and Anna Sowa's touching and unpretentious film https://vimeo.com/13459920 provides a glimpse into the life of prayer in solitude in the desert lived today as it was in the third century. I am grateful to my friends Louis Brenner and Ross fuller who drew my attention to this little masterpiece.
An interview with American iconographer Marek Czarnecki - from www.in-between.org.uk
Marek Czarnecki is an American iconographer and artist from a family of Polish refugees who came to the US in 1950. He teaches and writes icons out of his liturgical arts studio : Seraphic Restorations in Meriden, Connecticut. Czarnecki's icons can be found in the homes and chapels of individuals, as well as churches across the United States, including the Franciscan University of Steubenville, and the Catholic Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield, IL. His icon painting has been featured in numerous exhibitions, videos and articles, and in the New York Times.
Read the full interview at www.in-between.org.uk - here.
A.K. Coomaraswamy: A New Encounter with an Old Master by Roger Lipsey
Roger Lipsey is the author of the prize-winning book,Angelic Mistakes: The Art of Thomas Merton; of a much-read work on modern art, An Art of Our Own: The Spiritual in Twentieth-Century Art; and of other books including a three-volume edition dedicated to Ananda K. Coomaraswamy. In 2013 he published Hammarskjöld: A Life, a study of the mind and methods of Dag Hammarskjöld, secretary-general of the United Nations (1953-61) and the author of a classic of modern spirituality, Markings. The Temple Gallery strongly recommends this short essay on Coomaraswamy, published here with Roger Lipsey's permission, where the reader can find essential guidance in approaching a deeper understanding of sacred art.
The lecture may be downloaded here.
The Temple Gallery represents Lucy Temple whose work can be seen at:- www.lucytemple.com
An outstanding Russian icon painter
We recommend this film about Archimandrite Zinon, long regarded as outstanding among icon painters in contemporary Russia. Perhaps one day someone will add English subtitles but even in Russian the film is eloquent enough to convey Fr Zinon's spirituality, dedication and artistic gifts.
The 'Leaping Babe' History and Meaning of an Icon
The Temple Gallery is glad to offer this online publication in English of Father Antoine Lambrecht’s article The ‘Leaping Babe’ History and Meaning of an Icon. It is an important and scholarly study of an icon signed in 1703 by Cyril Ulanov and preserved in the Monastery of Chevetogne. Some sections of the article are especially interesting to students of the history of icon painting with particular regard to the question of restoration and repainting or ‘renewal’ of old icons by icon painters of the first rank but of a later period. Elsewhere he brings an interesting view to the questions of inscriptions and the identification of icon types and their variants. Above all, Fr Antoine’s insights are refreshing and, in a way, unique because he writes not as an art historian, not as a collector or a dealer, but as a monk; that is, someone whose daily life revolves around prayer, liturgy and the veneration of icons.
Click here to view or download the article.
'PIETER BRUEGEL AND ESOTERIC TRADITION'
- the doctoral thesis by Richard Temple, is now available for download on this site.
The entire document may be downloaded as a large single file (20Mb) by clicking here.
If you are unable to view the thesis, you may need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free from Adobe here .
A Diploma of Icon and Wall Painting has been founded
Full details, including online enquiry/registration form, can be found on the website of the tutor, the iconographer, Aidan Hart. Click here for more details.
Details of this course, and the Liturgical Arts Programme, of which it is a part, can also be found on the website of The Prince's School of Traditional Arts. Click here for more details.
The British Museum has an online catalogue of its icon collection.
Click here for details.