The Center for Icon Studies (CIS) at the Museum of Russian Icons promotes the continuing study of all aspects of sacred icons. While the main focus of the Museum is Russian icons, CIS takes a broader perspective. It is interested in the origin and development of icons from the Byzantine period to the modern era and around the globe.

CIS supports research in iconology and iconography, including but not limited to conservation, art, historical and comparative studies, and geo-political, religious and spiritual areas.

In support of this mission, CIS publishes the on-line Journal of Icon Studies with peer-reviewed articles, book and exhibit reviews, and conference announcements. In addition, researchers have access to educational videos and publications by Museum personnel, as well as a variety of research tools, including a dictionary of icon terminology, a Russian-English lexicon of saints’ names, and the Museum’s extensive collection.

Our research library is available for use by appointment. Please contact the Registrar, Laura Garrity-Arquitt by email or call 978.598.5000 x116.


David Birnbaum, Chair of the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of Pittsburgh

Robin Cormack, Professor Emeritus of Art History, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

Michael Flier, Oleksandr Potebnja Professor of Ukrainian Philology and Director of the Ukrainian Research Institute of Harvard University

Bettina Jungen, Thomas P. Whitney (Class of 1937) Curator of Russian Art, Mead Art Museum of Amherst College

Nancy Patterson-Ševčenko, Secretary, Treasurer, United States National Committee for Byzantine Studies and President, International Center of Medieval Art

Sarah Pratt, Professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, University of California

Wendy Salmond, Editor, Professor of Art History, Chapman University

Engelina Smirnova, Professor of Art History, Moscow State Lomonsov University and Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Art Studies, Moscow

Oksana Smirnova, Head Conservator, Andrey Rublev Museum of Old Russian Culture and Art, Moscow

Raoul N. Smith, Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, Northeastern University