Russian Master Icon Carvers

By Jonathan Pageau on April 10, 2013

Rashid and Inessa Azbuhanov are a Russian couple who are leading the rediscovery of icon carving in the Russian Church.  Their works grace the collections of Russian politicians from Gorbachev to Putin, European royal families and church authorities from the Russian Patriarch to the Pope of Rome.

Their works are often large and highly detailed, like wooden lace as they include much chip carving into the patterns of clothing, backgrounds and frames.   There is a certain folk aspect to their work, especially in some of the faces which do not follow the more usual formal tradition of icon carving but are often effective nonetheless.  They recently had a show of their work in Moscow and so I thought it a good opportunity to put up some of their icons.

Despite their great success, they are warm and quite generous, just like their carvings.

More pictures can be found on their website:

Here  also is a detailed article on their recent Moscow show.


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  1. Orthodox Collective on April 10, 2013 at 9:46 am

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  2. Hierodeacon Parthenios on April 18, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Beautiful craftsmanship.

    Thank you!

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