What is an Iconographer?

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We have an iconographer in our midst.

Sounds like some kind of scientist, doesn’t it? Or, perhaps someone from the film industry. That’s a might closer.

And iconographer is someone who creates or “writes” icons – the sacred images usually associated with Eastern Orthodoxy. Iconographers prefer the term “write” to “paint” because creating an icon is a deeply prayerful and meditative experience. For centuries, these beautiful images have been the instruments of meditative prayer, both for the artist and the viewer. It’s an ages-old art form that requires training, discipline, and is a vocation rather than a trade.

There aren’t many iconographers worldwide, and we have only a handful of them here in the United States.

One of them is Christi Jentz, founder of Lumen Christi Art. Jentz is a native of Brookfield, Wisconsin and has studied iconography both in the US and abroad.

I was very excited to see that the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Catholic Herald Newspaper recently ran a nice feature on Jentz, and on the international workshop she’s coordinating with Greek Master Iconographer, Theodoros Papadopolous. The workshop will be held June 13-17 at the Redemptorist Retreat Center in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

Iconography is an historic, richly spiritual and aesthetically amazing trade. Enrich yourself by reading the full article on Jentz. And if you are the lest bit artistically inclined, attend the Byzantine Icon Workshop. It will be the experience of a lifetime, I promise!

Learn more about Lumen Christi Art and the June workshop at:

lumenchristiart.com

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