Dr Christabel Helena Anderson

Holy Icons


Dr Christabel Helena Anderson is an iconographer, writer, teacher and doctoral research advisor at The King’s Foundation, School of Traditional Arts in London, UK. Specialising in Orthodox Christian iconography, she creates panel icons in egg tempera and gold leaf, miniature-painted illuminated icons on vellum and also works in vitreous enamel. All of the work is created within the tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church and the designs, methods and materials are inspired by sacred iconographic exemplars, the lives of the saints and related liturgical arts ancient and contemporary. With the primary focus of inspiring prayer, each piece is carefully researched, designed and created using meticulously hand-prepared materials, many of which she makes herself.

Christabel’s PhD research was on the subject of new icon design within holy tradition and the iconography and theology of St Sophrony the Athonite. She has an MA (with distinction) in traditional arts, is a specialist in Orthodox iconology, the development of Christian iconography and theology, early Christian art in Britain and Ireland, art and architecture of the Near and Middle East, the theory and practice of manuscript illumination, gilding techniques and historic paint making methods. Christabel is a GIA accredited jewellery professional, a Queen Elizabeth Scholar and writes for the Orthodox Arts Journal.


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