This course focuses on the symbolic elements of traditional Orthodox icon painting by looking both at textual sources that explain their meaning and function and the ways in which they are visually articulated in different epochs. The analysis of both visual/artistic interpretations and textual sources will serve as the basis upon which theological interpretations behind the visual language of icons will be explored. This will give students the opportunity to relate theological issues related to the visual language of icons and icon symbolism with broader theological implications (e.g. eschatological).

Efter kursen förväntas studenten:

  • demonstrate in-depth knowledge of symbols used in Eastern icon-painting and the ability to analyze them
  • analyze and interpret visual elements of icon painting in their connection with textual sources
  • analyze and discuss visual elements, stylistic properties and symbolism used in icon painting, in their connection with Orthodox Christology, Soteriology and Eschatology

All students will be required to read the following texts (or selected chapters):
Primary Sources:
The Bible (20 p.)

Secondary texts:
Barker, Margaret (2012). The Mother of the Lord. London: Bloomsbury (220 p.)

Bulgakov, Sergius (2012). Icons and the Name of God. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans. (175 p.)

Lossky Vladimir (2013). The Vision of God. Crestwood: SVS Press (150 p.)

McGuckin, John Anthony (Ed.). The Concept of Beauty in Patristic and Byzantine Theology. Saarbrücken:
Scholar’s Press. (120 p.)

Tsakiridou, C.A. (2013). Icons in Time, Persons in Eternity. Burlington: Ashgate (240 p.)

Additional texts/handouts may be assigned.

Schemat finns tillgängligt senast en månad innan kursen startar. Vi rekommenderar inte att du skriver ut schemat eftersom vissa ändringar kan ske.

Öppna schemat

Adriana Bara




A = Framstående, B = Mycket bra, C = Bra, D = Tillfredsställande, E = Tillräcklig, Fx = Otillräcklig, komplettering möjlig, F = Otillräcklig


  • Hemtentamen
  • PM
  • Seminarier

Grundläggande behörighet.

Completion of a course requires a minimum of 80% attendance at lectures and 100% attendance at seminars/group work and other assignments. Absence beyond that can be compensated by supplementing assignment(s) if the instructor finds it possible. In case of an absence of 50% or more, the course is considered as interrupted, even if assignments have been completed.

If a student due to disability has a decision from the EHS on special pedagogical support, the examiner shall, if necessary, adapt the examination and conduct the examination in an alternative way.

Fastställd av Ämnesföreträdarkollegiet vid Enskilda Högskolan Stockholm den 22 januari 2020.