Icons of the Eastern Orthodox Church

An icon is a sacred image of The Eastern Orthodox Church painted on wood in tempera by monks in monasteries. Most Russian icons are painted on wood in egg tempera, although by the end of the nineteen century oils started to predominate. Gold leaf is often used for halos or background. Sometimes a silver bronze rizza, a metal partial cover, is added to the icon; or a basma, a metal border. Both can also have jewels or enamel added. Horizontal slats are inserted into the back of the icon to retard warping. The artist’s goal was to pictorially illustrate the Eastern Orthodox narrative for the illiterate. It was in 988 that Prince Vladimir converted Kievan Rus (Russia) to Orthodox Christianity.

The exhibition runs July 8th – August 20, 2016 featuring a talk by Kent Russell, Curator and CEO of the Russian Icon Museum in Clinton, MA
July 8th, 2016 at 6:00 pm.

Kent Russel, Curator and CEO of the Russian Icon Museum in Clinton, MA

Liros Gallery Celebrates 50 years
Serge Liros, the owner of Liros Gallery is now celebrating it’s 50th anniversary. Serge and Merrill opened Liros Gallery in 1966 in Alexandria, VA, offering old masters paintings and drawings as well as paintings by modern expressionists, and graphics by well known artists. Twenty years later he moved to Blue Hill, ME while also also operating two galleries in Alexandria at that time. “ We specialized in Russian icons and 19th century American and English paintings, prints and maps. I continued that here in Blue Hill, as well as offering restoration services, framing and appraisals.”

Liros Gallery is located at 14 Parker Point Rd in Blue Hill, Maine 04614. For more information, email [email protected]call (207)374-5370, or visit

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