Russian Icons

Being an emblematic and distinctive part of Russian culture, Russian icons are unique monuments of ancient painting tradition that traces its roots back to the year 988, a period of Kievan Rus’ conversion to Orthodox Christianity. The technique of painting the Russian icon takes its origin from the golden age of Byzantine art and continues that style to this day. It’s interesting that the prototypic images of saints and feast days seen in the Russian icons have remained almost unchanged throughout the centuries. The fact is that Orthodox religion claims that antique Russian icons were directly inspired by God. Iconographers fasted and prayed before painting Russian Orthodox icons and never signed their works. It is also believed that some of the icons were delivered and even painted by saints themselves. Authentic Russian icons are still created solely for religious veneration by the morally upright artisans blessed for this purpose by a priest. Therefore, Russian icons represent the most significant form of Russian religious art, not to mention that theologically they are considered sacred. Russian Orthodox Church icons inspire a quiet meditation toward the quest for spiritual growth, truth, and understanding. Today, they are known all over the world not only for their distinctive style of painting, but also for their influence on the Eastern cultural development. They have a religious and very high antique-artistic value, especially antique Russian icons of museum quality, which possess unique significance and importance in the contemporary world of art.

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Russian Icons

Being an emblematic and distinctive part of Russian culture, Russian icons are unique monuments of ancient painting tradition that traces its roots back to the year 988, a period of Kievan Rus’ conversion to Orthodox Christianity.

The technique of painting the Russian icon takes its origin from the golden age of Byzantine art and continues that style to this day. It’s interesting that the prototypic images of saints and feast days seen in the Russian icons have remained almost unchanged throughout the centuries. The fact is that Orthodox religion claims that antique Russian icons were directly inspired by God. Iconographers fasted and prayed before painting Russian Orthodox icons and never signed their works. It is also believed that some of the icons were delivered and even painted by saints themselves. Authentic Russian icons are still created solely for religious veneration by the morally upright artisans blessed for this purpose by a priest. Therefore, Russian icons represent the most significant form of Russian religious art, not to mention that theologically they are considered sacred. Russian Orthodox Church icons inspire a quiet meditation toward the quest for spiritual growth, truth, and understanding. Today, they are known all over the world not only for their distinctive style of painting, but also for their influence on the Eastern cultural development. They have a religious and very high antique-artistic value, especially antique Russian icons of museum quality, which possess unique significance and importance in the contemporary world of art.

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Why Us?

The answer is rather simple: customer satisfaction is our top priority! When dealing with us, you are guaranteed to receive highly qualified personal consultation, exceptional degree of security, and professional services provided by only reliable Eastern Orthodox icon experts, restorers, and appraisers. The best confirmation of this is our fantastic collection of very rare religious icons of museum quality, in particular authentic antique Russian icons of the 16th – 19th centuries. Being engaged in this business for 25+ years, we are aware of our huge responsibility toward our partners, customers, and unique Church icons, and, therefore, take each of them very seriously to ensure the highest level of security. Top-notch services provided in a distinctly client-oriented manner are what you may expect from Russian Icon! Our professional team of Eastern Orthodox icon experts will help you enhance your collection, take care of the necessary preservation and restoration, provide you with an honest appraisal of any antique icon you have, offer advice on proper storage and exhibition conditions, organize any type of the local or international shipment, provide any necessary export papers you require, and assist you with all other things concerning holy icons and religious artifacts. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, wishes, or problems you have. We will be happy to explain our services and give you information about museum-quality Russian religious icons in detail during a personal consultation. We are always ready to share our knowledge and experience with you!

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Why Us?

The answer is rather simple: customer satisfaction is our top priority! When dealing with us, you are guaranteed to receive highly qualified personal consultation, exceptional degree of security, and professional services provided by only reliable Eastern Orthodox icon experts, restorers, and appraisers.

The best confirmation of this is our fantastic collection of very rare religious icons of museum quality, in particular authentic antique Russian icons of the 16th – 19th centuries. Being engaged in this business for 25+ years, we are aware of our huge responsibility toward our partners, customers, and unique Church icons, and, therefore, take each of them very seriously to ensure the highest level of security. Top-notch services provided in a distinctly client-oriented manner are what you may expect from Russian Icon! Our professional team of Eastern Orthodox icon experts will help you enhance your collection, take care of the necessary preservation and restoration, provide you with an honest appraisal of any antique icon you have, offer advice on proper storage and exhibition conditions, organize any type of the local or international shipment, provide any necessary export papers you require, and assist you with all other things concerning holy icons and religious artifacts. Please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions, wishes, or problems you have. We will be happy to explain our services and give you information about museum-quality Russian religious icons in detail during a personal consultation. We are always ready to share our knowledge and experience with you!

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Our Services

At Russian Icon, we are pleased to present a unique range of selected museum-quality Russian Orthodox icons and other exclusive masterpieces of icon painting art, which are truly rare to find. We have outstanding examples with a variety of themes for any occasion, including antique Russian icons of Jesus Christ, the Mother of God, saints, evangelists, angels, feasts, and many others. No matter whether you are a Christian believer, a Russian icon collector, an art buyer, or you just appreciate such a beautiful expression of Orthodox faith, you are always welcome at Russian Icon where you can enjoy an extensive overview of our exceptional collection of Russian Orthodox icons. Moreover, here you can find rare books on icons and other religious artifacts of museum quality. Besides, if you are looking for professional appraisal services or want to sell Russian religious icons, we can help you with that too. Our team is always ready to evaluate your collection and buy authentic Russian icons, especially those that are in a very good condition. In addition, we offer advisory and expert management services that include assembling of personal collections, authentication, collection maintenance, historical research, storage recommendations, and art consulting. In addition, our highly qualified Russian icon experts and specialists can offer you restoration services of any level of complexity, according to the strictest museum-quality standards. At Russian Icon, you are sure to find any help or assistance you need, as well as absolutely stunning pieces of Russian Orthodox Church icons and other religious artifacts from exclusive private collections.

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Our Services

At Russian Icon, we are pleased to present a unique range of selected museum-quality Russian Orthodox icons and other exclusive masterpieces of icon painting art, which are truly rare to find. We have outstanding examples with a variety of themes for any occasion, including antique Russian icons of Jesus Christ, the Mother of God, saints, evangelists, angels, feasts, and many others.

No matter whether you are a Christian believer, a Russian icon collector, an art buyer, or you just appreciate such a beautiful expression of Orthodox faith, you are always welcome at Russian Icon where you can enjoy an extensive overview of our exceptional collection of Russian Orthodox icons. Moreover, here you can find rare books on icons and other religious artifacts of museum quality. Besides, if you are looking for professional appraisal services or want to sell Russian religious icons, we can help you with that too. Our team is always ready to evaluate your collection and buy authentic Russian icons, especially those that are in a very good condition. In addition, we offer advisory and expert management services that include assembling of personal collections, authentication, collection maintenance, historical research, storage recommendations, and art consulting. In addition, our highly qualified Russian icon experts and specialists can offer you restoration services of any level of complexity, according to the strictest museum-quality standards. At Russian Icon, you are sure to find any help or assistance you need, as well as absolutely stunning pieces of Russian Orthodox Church icons and other religious artifacts from exclusive private collections.

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Icons Collection

The Resurrection – The Harrowing of Hades, with the Holy Trinity and the Church Feasts

The Resurrection – The Harrowing of Hades, with the Holy Trinity and…

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The Iconostasis (“The Image of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church”)

The Iconostasis (“The Image of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church”)…

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The Tikhvin Mother of God, with the Legend of the Icon in 16 border scenes

The Tikhvin Mother of God, with the Legend of the Icon in…

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John the Baptist – the Angel of the Desert, with 12 hagiographical border scenes

John the Baptist – the Angel of the Desert, with 12 hagiographical…

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Saint Sergius of Radonezh, with 16 hagiographical border scenes, in a silver oklad cover

Saint Sergius of Radonezh, with 16 hagiographical border scenes, in a silver…

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The Resurrection – The Harrowing of Hades, with the Church Feasts and the Four Evangelists

The Resurrection – The Harrowing of Hades, with the Church Feasts and…

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The Resurrection of Christ, with Church Feasts

The Resurrection of Christ, with Church Feasts in 12 border scenes Antique…

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The Crucifixion, with the Passions of Christ and selected Church Feasts

The Crucifixion, with the Passions of Christ and selected Church Feasts Antique…

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The Resurrection – The Harrowing of Hades, with Church Feasts, Pentecost, the Pokrov, the Beheading…

The Resurrection – The Harrowing of Hades, with Church Feasts in 12…

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The Resurrection – The Harrowing of Hades, with the Monogenis, the Church Feasts, and the…

The Resurrection – The Harrowing of Hades, with the Monogenis, the Church…

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We Buy Icons & Antiques

Russian Icon is always looking to purchase authentic antique Russian icons and religious artifacts created in the 19th century or earlier. We are interested in all types of quality hand-painted icons and relics. Our team of professional experts has a wide range of knowledge in a variety of areas related to Eastern Orthodox Church icons and is able to handle the purchase of even the most valuable collection. Moreover, Russian Icon offers accurate, honest financial appraisals for all possible religious icon collections, ranging from full estates to single items. In other words, if you are looking to sell your antique icon or a whole collection, you are in the right place! Just let us know, and we will give you the true value of your Orthodox icon or religious artifact. We will be happy to handle any of your selling needs while providing an unrivaled personal service. At Russian Icon, we believe that no antique icon collection is too large!

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About Us

Founded by Oleg Kushnirskiy, Russian Icon is one of the leading online galleries of antique Russian icons. It represents the most accurate compilation of all the knowledge and expertise gained from many years of collecting and selling rare and famous religious icons of museum quality. Initially created to preserve this sacred form of art and to display the true masterpieces of Eastern Orthodox iconography, Russian Icon has become a reliable place where everyone can enjoy and sell authentic antique icons and religious artifacts, as well as order professional restoration, advisory, management, and appraisal services provided by the most qualified experts in the field.

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