With the blessing of His Grace Bishop George, Vicar of the Eastern American Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, the Damascene Gallery, a supplier of fine antique icons, newly painted icons, and high quality mounted icons, opened on August 29 (the feast of the Translation of the Icon of the Savior “Not Made by Hands” from Edessa to Constantinople, Old Calendar). The web store features a wide selection of antique and new hand-painted icons, as well as a unique type of mounted icons consisting of high-quality canvas prints mounted to traditional solid-wood panels with support slats commonly found on antique icons. Concerning the rationale of such a design, the founders of Damascene Gallery explained that such panels combined with the canvas prints result in a mounted icon that looks and feels much like the antique icons also being offered in the store.
Currently, the web store features around 30 antique icons, ranging from the early 18th century to the beginning of the 20th century. Additionally, there are some 20 new painted icons in inventory, as well as numerous antique brass icons and crosses. Around 230 images, including many from the Holy Trinity Monastery collection, are available for ordering as mounted icons. The inventory of icons is expected to significantly increase within the next several weeks, and the selection of mounted icons is being continuously updated.
Explains Fr. Jonah Campbell, Co-founder of the Damascene Gallery, “In addition to the main website, we also host an Iconography Forum, a Blog and an exciting Public Domain Icon Gallery designed to be a collaborative project which, in time, will host thousands of searchable icons. The gallery has been designed with search fields specific to Orthodox Iconography such as Nationality, School (of Icon Painting), Age and Iconographer. All icons are being ‘tagged’ with the saints depicted on them, so that they are readily searchable. Anyone can join the gallery and upload their own icons or add additional information to icons already uploaded.”
The shop is named in honor of the great defender of icons, St. John Damascene.