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Patricia Cornell
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Dear George: Perhaps you and I met at Bart Pass's home (and also Father Damian) a few years back...maybe 4 YEARs now). I egistered on your website nad like the forums and image data base.

If you might be interested in my images I use to handcraft icon reproductions, please go to www.catholicfreeshipping.com and click on 'Iconography'. For each image, I have purchased prints or have permission to use them in my work. So, I explain to people, I am an art editor and handcraftor; I select only those images that I believe fully represent quality work and the Truth of the Faith. Then I present them as items of quality art.

Thank you for including my email on your website; I have received many inquiries from your readers. I have several customers who have ordered works of art that I was happy to accommodate.

Sincerely, Patricia Cornell, N. California

Patricia Cornell, Proprietor
St. Theodosia's Icon Shop

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Iconofile is a nonprofit corporation whose goal is to increase the understanding of icons and at the same time preserve icons -- especially religious and sacred art of Byzantine influence -- which are part of the cultural heritage of all humanity.

Objective of the Iconofile Imagebase project
The Iconofile Imagebase, to be accessible through this web site, will be a depository of icon images, their text description from different sources with an analysis of subject and iconographic traditions. Publishing the Imagebase on an Internet web site will ensure rapid searches using text and visual indexes.

This will not be as simple gallery of icon images, as is found already on many web sites. Each image of an icon in the Iconofile Imagebase will be a high-resolution, high quality digital image scanned from film originals made directly from the icon painting or work of art. Iconofile is going to great lengths to ensure accuracy of color and reproduction, so that the images will have the maximum value to individuals who will access the database. Besides the most well-known images of icons, Iconofile is seeking images that are not typically found in published sources.

The Iconofile Imagebase will not consist of images alone. Each icon in the database will be represented by its image, a text description of its origin, depicted saints or religious subjects, provenance, techniques and analysis. The database will include a wide spectrum of sacred objects -- portable wood icon panels, frescoes, sculptures, fiber and embroidered icons -- created in the traditions of the Orthodox Church in Russia, Greece, Serbia, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Ukraine and other Eastern Christian countries. If the Imagebase project is successful, this scope will be enlarged to include sacred art from other sources.

The goal of this project is lofty, and perhaps idealistic for a single organization, because it includes the analysis of hundreds, if not thousands of icons, and not only from an historical or aesthetical viewpoint, but also a theological one.

To whom does this appeal?
The audience for the Iconofile Imagebase project are icon painters, specialists in iconography, students of art history, scientific researchers, conservators, restorers, collectors, icon patrons, clergy and religious laypeople. The Iconofile web site will become an information portal for people who are interested in icons and iconography. The project initially will be bilingual, i.e. Russian and English, but in the future may be translated into other European languages.

First meeting of participants at Yaroslavl State University, Russia. Pictured left to right: Anna Mazaletskaya, George O'Hanlon, Dmitry Morozov

Brief history of the Imagebase development
In June 2001, the first roundtable discussion of the project was held in Yaroslavl, Russia attended by the directors of four provincial Russian museums, Yaroslavl State University directors and other experts, and Iconofile project coordinator, George O’Hanlon.
As of today, here is a list of organizations participating in the Iconofile project:
  • Center for New Information Technologies, Yaroslavl State University (Russia)
  • Yaroslavl Art Museum (Russia)
  • Yaroslavl Museum -- Preserve of History, Architecture and Art (Russia)
  • Rybinsk Museum -- Preserve of History, Architecture and Art (Russia)
  • Iconofile, Inc. (USA)

Second annual meeting of participants in Iconofile Project at the Yaroslavl State University, Russia

On August 6, 2002, a meeting was held with the executive director of Iconofile, George O'Hanlon, and executive staff of the Yaroslalv State University; Dmitry Morozov and Anna Mazaletskaya. At the meeting it was decided to begin building a prototype database of images from images of icons in the Yaroslavl State University collection. Work will begin in immediately with the hopes of completing the prototype by the end of the year. A proposal for a new CD-ROM was discussed that would feature the technical aspects of writing icons.

In August 2003, Iconofile Executive Director, George O’Hanlon and Secretary, Tatiana Zaytseva, met with the directors of the museums named above and the director of the Art Museum of Pskov to initiate a license agreement and scope of relationship with each museum. We have provided the museums with drafts and are now negotiating the agreements to begin the work.

As of today, work on the software for the Iconofile Imagebase is at the first milestone (one third of its completion), and we are in final negotiations of the license agreements for the icon images with the museums.

Financing the project
The need for funds to realize the objectives of the project continues. We established a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, Iconofile, Inc., to raise funds for this project through these basic means:
  1. Solicit donations and contributions from individuals and organizations.
  2. Seek grants to help fund the project.
  3. Generate revenue by means of electronic commerce through the Iconofile web site: The web site offers for icon-painting supplies and materials, multimedia CD-ROMs and books.
How you can help
Iconofile is seeking contributions to help complete the development of the Imagebase software, which is the application that will contain the images of sacred art. We are also seeking donations to purchase several high-resolution film scanners to begin the work of digitizing images of the icons.

If you would like to make a donation to this project, please send it to Iconofile, Inc. in care of the Iconofile Imagebase.

If you are a grant writer and can provide assistance to write grants for this project, please contact me by private message.

Iconofile is also seeking the assistance of museums and curators, collectors and historians who can contribute their expertise and, if they have icons in their collections, allow Iconofile to include their icons in the Imagebase.

If you are interested in the Iconofile Imagebase, or if you have questions, please post your suggestions in this Forum, or send me a message directly.

George O'Hanlon
Executive Director
Iconofile, Inc.
A nonprofit educational organization about sacred art

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