Do Christians still make icons?

Typically, it's easy to find Christian icons from the Middle Ages. But are there any Christian icons in the modern age?

  • Yes, there are a lot of them. Commented Nov 18, 2013 at 1:21
  • Is this only limited to Catholicism and Eastern-Orthodox? Commented Nov 18, 2013 at 4:10
  • check out monasteryicons.com they make new ones for new saints and old saints and everything in between
    – Peter Turner
    Commented Nov 18, 2013 at 22:55

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Yes, there are lots of examples! There are still professional Iconographers who go around painting Iconography for a living! In the Orthodox Church the Temples are traditionally fully covered in frescoes. Here is an example: enter image description here

Since this is a great part of the Orthodox Church, there are many people who have been trained in this Holy Art and are going around the world adorning Temples.

In fact, at this very moment, the church which I am going to is having it's hitherto white and barren walls covered in frescoes! An iconographer from Serbia is doing all the painting of the frescoes throughout the whole church. At the moment, though, only slightly more than the dome is done.

Here is a snapshot of the dome from a little while ago:

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There is also a slightly outdated video of the Iconographer at work which can be seen here.

And if you are really interested, every now and then, some very good Iconographer will hold an Iconography work-shop... I have never attended one, but from what I hear they are very fun.

I even found a link on OrthodoxWiki which has a list of Modern Iconographers.

Also, probably of great interest to you, is the website of one Iconographer, Vladimir Grygorenko. Take a look at his portfolio if you want to know the answer to this question...

And, a little more which probably won't be useful to you, here is a link which gives the Orthodox Iconographer some rules and prayers as guidance. One of the prayers is as follows:

A Prayer Before Beginning an Icon:

O Divine Lord of all that exists, Thou hast illumined the Apostle and Evangelist Luke with Thy Holy Spirit, thereby enabling him to represent Thy most Holy Mother, the One who held Thee in her arms and said: The Grace of Him Who has been born of me is spread through the world! Enlighten and direct my soul, my heart and my spirit. Guide the hands of Thine unworthy servant so that I may worthily and perfectly portray Thine Icon, that of Thy Mother, and all the Saints, for the glory, joy and adornment of Thy Holy Church. Forgive my sins and the sins of those who will venerate these icons and who, kneeling devoutly before them, give homage to those they represent. Protect them from all evil and instruct them with good counsel. This I ask through the intercession of Thy most Holy Mother, the Apostle Luke, and all the Saints. Amen.

... Simply put:

Yes, Christians do still make Icons!

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    Really awesome stuff. A whole different world. Commented Nov 19, 2013 at 15:48

There are certainly modern iconographers. I have a small icon I bought in Walsingham (in Norfolk, UK), which is painted and uses gold leaf in the traditional Orthodox style. Not a particularly good photo of it, but here it is: about 8" × 5".

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And Sergei Fyodorov (b. 1959) has executed a number of commissions for English cathedrals: an icon of Saint Richard of Chichester; a set of icons of local saints for Winchester Cathedral, and an enormous fresco in Rochester Cathedral.


Yes, for example, the vesica pisces is a newer invention. Sure some will argue that the fish has always been a Christian symbol, however the modern / Christian usage of the vesica pisces is not the same symbol used in the early church as seen below.

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Google "Icons religious modern" and click the "images" heading on the search page to see lots of examples. I wouldn't call all these things icons, but some of them surely are. (Googling without "religious" brought mostly "icons" in the computer sense.)

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    That is an awesome answer to the question, "how can I google for modern religious icons" However, I'm not sure that it answers the question or explains anything regarding new icons created by Christians. Commented Nov 18, 2013 at 4:23
  • @SomeFreeMason I disagree. By running the Google search suggested in this answer, you can see that both of the questions brought up by the OP are answered in the affirmative.
    – Ben Miller
    Commented Nov 18, 2013 at 5:04
  • Perhaps @BenMiller, but this still is not a sufficient answer. It certainly doesn't "explain anything regarding new icons created by Christians."
    – Byzantine
    Commented Nov 18, 2013 at 7:46
  • This is a tough one. In one sense, it is easy to use Google with this search and come up with icons from modern iconagraphers, to get to a yes answer, so in a way you answered the question. The only thing you missed was adding "yes, you can find their work by..." to bring it firmly out of "not an answer" territory. I personally think this counts as an answer, but the others answers clearly show more effort, and are more in line with what's expected in an answer here. Commented Jan 10, 2014 at 4:44

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