Alexei Lidov

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Alexei Lidov Hierotopy. Spatial Icons and Image-Paradigms in Byzantine CultureMoscow, “Theoria”, 2009.

Alexei Lidov The Icon. The World of the Holy Images in Byzantium and the Medieval Russia . Мoscow: “Theoria”, 2014.

Selected papers:

Hierotopy. The creation of sacred space as a form of creativity and subject of cultural history  In: Hierotopy.  Creation  of  Sacred  Spaces in  Byzantium  and  Medieval  Russia.(foreword) Edited by A. Lidov. Published by “Progress-tradition” in Moscow, 2006, p. 33-58.

Iconicity as Spatial Notion. A New Vision of Icons in Contemporary Art Theory // IKON, 2016-9 (presented at the 9th iconography conference, Rijeka, june 2015).

Spatial Icons. The Miraculous Performance with the Hodegetria of Constantinople In: Hierotopy.  Creation  of  Sacred  Spaces in  Byzantium  and  Medieval  Russia, ed. A. Lidov, Moscow: “Progress-tradition”, 2006, p. 349 – 372.

The Comparative Hierotopy In: Hierotopy. Comparative studies of sacred spaces (foreword), ed. A. Lidov, Moscow: Indrik, 2008   (Rus/Eng), p. 9-12

New Jerusalems. Transfering of the Holy Land as Generative Matrix of Christian Culture  In: New Jerusalems. Hierotopy and iconography of sacred spaces. (foreword). Edited by A. Lidov, published by “Indrik”, Moscow, 2009  (Rus/Eng),p. 8-10.

Air and Heavens as a Subject of the Christian Hierotopy and Iconography. In: Hierotopy of Air and Heavens in culture of the Christian world. (foreword). Edited by A. Lidov, published by “Indrik”, Moscow, 2023  (Rus/Eng), p. 10-13.

‘Image-Paradigms’ as a Category of Mediterranean Visual Culture. A Hierotopic Approach to Art History In: Crossing Cultures. Papers of the 32nd International Congress in the History of Art. Melbourne, 2009, p. 148 – 153.

The Holy Fire and Visual Constructs of Jerusalem, East and West. In: Visual Constructs of Jerusalem, Turnhout: Brepolis, 2014, p. 241-249.

Florence as New Jerusalem. The Rite of the Scoppio del Carro and the Annual Miracle of the Holy Fire in Jerusalem. In: Florence and the Idea of Jerusalem, 2018, p. 61-80 This paper was prepared as a part of my research project at the Villa I Tatti (The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies) where I was invited as a visiting professor in the autumn of 2018. I take this chance to express my deep gratitude to all the friends and colleagues there who created most stimulating atmosphere for my studies at I Tatti.

Icons Made of Relics. Creating Holy Matter in Byzantium. In: RES Anthropology and Aesthetics, 75/76 (2021), pp.91-100 (publication by Harvard University)

The Byzantine World and Performative Spaces In: Spatial icons. Performativity in Byzantium and Medieval Russia (foreword), ed. A. Lidov, Moscow: Indrik, 2011, p. 17-26.

A Byzantine Jerusalem.The Imperial Pharos Chapel as the Holy Sepulchre In: Jerusalem as Narrative Space, ed. Annette Hoffmann and Gerhard Wolf, Leiden, Boston: Koninklijke Brill, 2012, pp. 63-104.

The Whirling Church. Iconic as Performative in Byzantine Spatial Icons In: Spatial icons. Performativity in Byzantium and Medieval Russia, ed. A. Lidov, Moscow: Indrik, 2011, (Rus/Eng), p. 40-51.

Sacred Waters in Ecclesiastical Space. The Rivers of Paradise as an Image-paradigm of Byzantine Hierotopy // Holy Water in the Hierotopy and Iconography of the Christian World / ed. A. Lidov, Moscow: Theoria, 2017, pp. 159-183.

Kavod — Doxa — Slava Bozhiia. The Luminous Cloud as a Spatial Icon of the Heavens in Byzantine Church Domes // Hierotopy of Air and Heavens in Culture of the Christian World / ed. A. Lidov, Moscow: Theoria, 2023, pp. 17-39.

Creator of Sacred Space as a Phenomenon of Byzantine Culture.  In: L’artista a Bisanzio e nel mondo cristiano-orientale, ed. Michele Bacci, Pisa, 2003, p. 135-176

Holy Face, Holy Script, Holy Gate. Revealing the Edessa paradigm in Christian imagery. In: Intorno al Sacro Volto, ed. A.Calderoni Mazetti, C. Dufour Bozzo, G. Wolf. Venezia, 2007, pp.145-162

The Flying Hodegetria. The Miraculous Icon as Bearer of Sacred Space. In: The Miraculous Image in the Late Middle Ages and Renaissance, ed. E. Thunoe and G. Wolf. Rome 2004, pp. 291-321.

“The Russian God”. The Veneration of the Image of St Nicholas in Medieval Russia. In: Archeologia Abrahamica, ed. Leonid Beliaev. М., 2009, pp.135-155 (Rus/Eng)

Heavenly Jerusalem. The Byzantine Approach. In: Jewish art, Jerusalem, 1998, pp.340 – 353

The Temple Veil as a Spatial Icon. IKON, 2014, 7, pp.97-108

The Priesthood of the Virgin Mary as an Image-Paradigm of Christian Visual Culture. IKON, 2017, 10, pp. 9-26

Leo the Wise and the Miraculous Icons in Hagia Sophia. In: The Heroes of the Orthodox Church. The New Saints, 8th to 16th century. Ed. E. Kountura-Galaki. Athens, 2004

Christ as Priest in Byzantine church decoration of the 11th and 12th centuries. In: Acts. XVIIIth International Congress of Byzantine Studies. Selected Papers. Moscow,1991. Vol.III: Art History,Architecture, Music. Shepherdstown, WV, 1996, pp.158-170

Byzantine Church Decoration and the Great Schism of 1054. In: Byzantion, LXVIII/2 (1998), pp.381-405

The Canopy over the Holy Sepulchre. On the Origin of Onion-Shaped Domes.. In: Jerusalem in Russian Culture, ed. A. Batalov and A.Lidov. New York – Athens, 2005, pp.171-180 (Russian version) (Italian version)

The Russian Mandylion: The Images of Christ ‘Not-Made-by-Hands’ in the Art and Culture of Medieval Rus’ from the Tenth to the Fourteenth Centuries . In: Recent Studies on the Image of Edessa: Iconography, History and Theology. (ed. Mark Guscin), Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2022, pp.165-192 (with Lilya Evseeva).

Lidov’s lectures:

The creation of sacred spaces (Rus)

The concept of icon (Rus)

The sacred space of ancient Kiev (Rus)

Hierotopy: creation o sacred spaces as a kind of artistic creativity (Rus)

Icons and the iconic in the sacred space (Rus)

Byzantine myth and European identity (Rus)


The Byzantine Church as a multimedia installation Interview to the “Iskusstvo” journal, 2016 (Eng) (Russian text from the journal with illustrations)

Interview related to the liberation of Palmyra to the newspaper “Le Courrier Russe” (Fr)

Interview about icons in Russian homes (Rus)

Interview about icons in Russian homes (Rus)

Interview about Byzantium to the site «Tatiana day» (Rus)

Interview on the restitution of the Church property to the site “Tatiana day”  (Rus)

Lidov on the radio “Echo of Moscow” (Rus)

Interview about the restitution of the Church property. (Rus)

Interview to the site “Analytica” (Rus)

Interview to the site “Orthodoxy and the world” about Holy Moundains and Holy Islands in relation to his trip to the Altai region (Rus)


Presentation of Lidov’s book «Kosovo. Orthodox Heritage and today’s catastrophe» (Rus)

Introduction to Lidov’s book «Kosovo. Orthodox Heritage and today’s catastrophe»

Lidov’s report to the UNESCO  Kosovo Committee. April 2004


Wikipedia article on Hierotopy

Lidov’s page on the site of the Russian Academy of Arts. (Rus)

Lidov’s page on the site of the Institute of the World Culture  (Rus)

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