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Established 1959

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Added: 12/12/2020

Collecting Orthodoxy in the West - a conference hosted by The Museum of Russian icons in Clinton MA

The conference is scheduled to take place on June 11-12, 2021 under the general direction of their new director Dr Lana Sloutsky. For information please go to

Added: 12/08/2020

Icon and Iconicity from Semiotics to Art History - an article by Marija Kovac

The following text by Marija Kovac is an attempt to bridge the Byzantine perception of sign and the modern semiotics: the relation between an icon and the archetype as important theological question in the eighth and ninth centuries during the period of iconography, and the way that twentieth century semiotics approached this topic, consequently influencing modern art and literature.

The full article can be read at:

Added: 30/07/2020


In ancient Egypt, images were seen as potential receptacles for divine or archetypal energies. The gods and spirits could inhabit statues and paintings, and so the latter existed as interfaces between the physical and spiritual worlds. This gave them a magical power, for they could act as conduits for spirits to become present in the human world. The ancient Egyptian artist was thus positioned, like the priest, as the mediator between worlds. In this position, artists had a key role in sustaining the sacred culture of ancient Egypt.

This essay is based on a lecture given at the Temenos Academy, London, on January 24th, 2007, entitled “Image, Archetype and Magic in Ancient Egyptian Art”.

Published in Jeremy Naydler, The Future of the Ancient World: Essays on the History of Consciousness (Rochester, Vermont: Inner Traditions, 2009).

The essay may be viewed [ here ]

Added: 06/06/2020

A Short Talk by Keith Critchlow

The talk may be viewed online at

'This is a short talk by the much loved Keith Critchlow, who died on 8th April 2020. This is classic Keith. Keith at his very best. I am just one of many who remember him with enormous gratitude. He supervised my PhD and much of what he says corresponds to the ethos of The Temple Gallery and my own lifetime search for meaning in sacred art.'    Dick Temple    

Updated: 15/04/2019

The Temple Gallery represents Alice Temple whose work can be seen at:-

Added: 06/09/2018

Beshara Magazine
A Unifying Perspective in the Contemporary World
Issue 10/1: A Thing of Beauty...

Emma Clark visits the Luohan at the Temple Gallery in London.

Our August article is by Emma Clark, a lecturer at The Prince’s School of Traditional Arts in London and an expert on Islamic gardens. She has chosen an example from the Buddhist tradition to illustrate timeless principles of beauty and harmony.

"The Luohan is a representation of a ‘half-saint, half-Taoist adept, the mountain-dwelling hsien (benevolent spirits), their natures attuned to the workings of the Tao, who lived in isolation’. It has been placed downstairs in the gallery in what has now become a kind of chapel. The visitor descends the narrow staircase from the main gallery and turns left into this small room – a sacred space for the sculpture – which becomes, after spending time in meditation before it, so much more than the word ‘sculpture’ suggests, so much more than what the visitor may at first observe with the outward eye. As one enters the quiet and peaceful sanctuary, this remarkable figure appears out of the dim light with a quite unexpected and astonishing presence, its beauty and grace taking one’s breath away."

Read the full article...(by kind permission of Beshara Magazine)

Added: 05/09/2018

Clemena Antonova
How to View Icons: an Orthodox Theological View [click here to read]

Reprinted with permission from Sobornost vol. 37/1, 2015

Dr Antonova is Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Patristic and Byzantine Cultural Heritage, Sofia University; she is on the editorial board of the Journal of Icon Studies (USA).

Added: 26/05/2017

An Exhibition of Photographs: 19th - 26th May 2017
Alain de Lotbinière and Hans Matschukat
'Travels in Holy Russia with the Temple Gallery'

Our exhibiton of photographs by two of the guests on the Temple Gallery's inaugral trip to Russia was officially opened by the Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko.
You might like to view this short film which gives you a flavour of the evening and the photographs on show.

The exhibition is now closed but all photographs are for sale and available to view online at

Added: 18/05/2016

The Last Anchorite - a documentary film about the pilgrimage of Father Lazarus El Anthony

Remigiusz and Anna Sowa's touching and unpretentious film 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.

Added: 07/09/2015

An interview with American iconographer Marek Czarnecki - from

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 - here.

Added: 17/11/2014

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.

Updated: 04/12/2015

The Temple Gallery represents Lucy Temple whose work can be seen at:-

Added: 14/02/2013

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.

Added: 08/01/2013

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.

Added: 01/06/2010


- 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.

Alternatively, the thesis may be downloaded in four parts, made up of smaller files, by clicking on the following links:- Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4

If you are unable to view the thesis, you may need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader, which is available free from Adobe here .

Added: 01/10/2011

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.

Updated: 19/08/2020

The British Museum has an online catalogue of its icon collection.

After clicking the link below, click 'related objects' to see the museum's catalogue of icons.

Click here for details.