- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 9, 2002

Icons are coming into their own as objects of contemplation and awe. Here are some other opportunities to see them:

Dumbarton Oaks, 1703 32nd St. NW. The museum's Byzantine collection includes icons, mosaics, coins, art objects and textiles. 2-5 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. Closed national holidays. Free admission; donations accepted. See www.doaks.org/ Byzantine.html or call 202/339-6401.

The National Gallery of Art, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. The exhibit "Byzantine Art and Painting in Italy During the 1200s and 1300s" focuses on how European artists turned to the Christian East to learn how to paint on wooden panels, adapting the techniques, style and subject matter of Byzantine icons. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Closed holidays. Admission free. See www.nga.gov/collection/gallery/ita13.htm, or call 202/737-4215.

"Orthodox Icons, Timeless Presences," a one-time lecture sponsored by the Smithsonian Resident Associates, surveys the stylistic branches of iconography as it evolved in Constantinople, Bulgaria and Russia; 6 p.m. May 21. General admission $14. See https://ResidentAssociates.org/rap/otomay/icons.asp or call 202/357-3030 for tickets.

The Walters Art Museum, 600 N. Charles St., Baltimore. The Walters has a little bit of everything, including some icons as part of its medieval collection; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission free before 1 p.m. Saturdays and 5-8 p.m. the first Thursday of the month. See www.thewalters.org or call 410/547-9000.

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