About First Image Icons

First Image Icons was created to promote the Contemporary Coptic School of iconography.  First Image developed out of a research project undertaken by Monica René, who photographed and catalogued a large collection of icons in the 4th century  church of St Mercurios/Abu Sifain (restored in the 10th C.), Old Cairo, for eventual publication. A few images from this collection were produced as postcards in 1989. They became the nucleus for the original First Image Icons.


The website www.firstimageicons.com was launched in 2000.  It featured replicas of Coptic icons, ancient and contemporary. A new site however followed with no shopping basket but a contact E-mail through which one can commission hand painted icons or ask any questions regarding the study of Coptic iconography. For general enquiry or to commission hand painted icons please contact us: info@firstimageicons.com













Coptic Civilization is a new publication dedicated to Coptic culture, art and spirituality.  The chapter on Contemporary Coptic Iconography was written by Monica René and represents the first informed discourse on the Neo-Coptic style and its founder, the late Prof. Isaac Fanous. 


For more details please send email to info@firstimageicons.com


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