Father Sophrony, Sergei Sakharov (1896-1993), started his life as a painter. He then became a monk, priest, spiritual director. He founded his own monastery and began to paint icons. The latter part of his life is well-known, but his artistic path is still mainly unknown. The present book is an attempt to rectify this and to introduce Father Sophrony’s artistic vision and understanding.


“To paint an icon is like writing a poem; one cannot add or take away a single word. In the same way the icon should only contain the necessary, not too little, not too much.”