1. Carol

    I’m STUNNED by these images! They’re beyond beautiful. “Heavenly” is the word that immediately comes to mind – and I mean that literally. They are extraordinary gifts for our eyes and souls. Thank you so much for this!

  2. Hierodeacon Parthenios


    Thank you for the excellent article. And many thanks to the Azbuhanov couple for the interview and the beautiful works.

    One correction: above is SS Florus & Laurus (not SS Boris & Gleb).

    In Christ,
    Hierodeacon Parthenios

    1. Thank you Hrdcn Parthenios. Silly mistake on my part. Got thrown off by the horses.

  3. Kenny Fann


    Thank You.

  4. Kathryn Brubaker

    Thank you Jonathan for an amazing article! I will be printing this one for Barbara!

  5. My wife has pointed out that the abstract panels shown in this post are only ‘modern abstract art’ if they are hung on a gallery wall. One could just as easily use them decoratively – for instance, as the bottom panels on an iconostasis. In that case they would be innovative (and yet still traditional) decorative carving.

    I wonder if the Azbuhanov’s have considered making a whole iconostasis – both the icons and the structure – in their style. I can well imagine their polychromed relief carvings as the icons and their polychromed chip-carving as the ornamented structure. Such an iconostasis would be quite a feast for the eyes!

    Coincidentally, my next post is going to be on the subject of polychrome for iconostasis carving and other decorative woodwork.

    1. Interesting. They certainly conceive of these as gallery art, with titles and complex references and what not, so no I don’t think they have thought of making an iconostasis with that style. I think even their icons, though properly considered icons are mostly in private collections and not used in churches as such. That is at least what is suggested on their website.

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