ICON.ORG.UA is the first and only Internet gallery of Ukrainian icon painting in the world, representing all the schools and periods.
The site has been created to popularize the Ukrainian icon painting tradition and to debunk, in a scientific way, some myths about the “provincial and non-canonical” character of Ukrainian icon painting, as its creators say.
Ukrainian iconography is as much an integral part of Ukrainian culture as Ukrainian songs, embroidery designs or the indestructible love of freedom.
Here you will find Ukrainian icons from the oldest preserved monuments up to the modern time. You will have an opportunity to explore the iconography and get acquainted with the life and activity of the most famous Ukrainian icon painters, “most of whom did not yield to, and even surpassed, considerably, the famous Muscovite and Byzantine icon painters”.
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Here are the main sections of the new informational resource:
GALLERY – over 6 thousand Ukrainian icons categorized by topics and organized in chronological order.
ICONOGRAPHY – brief surveys about the iconography of the most developed subjects.
SCHOOLS – the top 12 of the most famous schools of Ukrainian icon painting.
MASTERS – brief biographical data and the icons of Ukrainians painters.
ARTICLES – research from Ukrainian art critics.
BOOKS – library in PDF format.
In this period of Ukraine’s struggling and perceiving itself as a nation, the time has come to love and respect everything Ukrainian and not advertised foreign things. It is high time to destroy the imposed stereotypes about the “provincial and non-canonical” character of Ukrainian genius; it is time to fall in love with the vivifying faith of Ukrainian icons, as the site creators relate.