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 around the globe.

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

In support of this mission, CIS publishes the online 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.

The CIS also provides a venue for the online publication of important monographs, museum catalogues, and translations of primary documents related to icons.

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