Archangel Michael – Antique Painting Technique

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The brilliant magistrate of the inward forces Archangel Michael plays a key role in both the Old and the New Testament. The artwork has the signature of the Athonite academy student and well-known painter and priest father Pefkis.

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Hagiography with Archangel Michael with antique painting technique

The brilliant magistrate of the inward forces Archangel Michael plays a key role in both the Old and the New Testament. His interventions are many and with the purpose of people’s salvation.

Archangel Michael appeared to Abraham at Isaac’s sacrifice. Then to Lot when he redeemed him with his family from the Sodom disaster. He appeared to Jacob when he was saved by his brother Esau who wanted to murder him.

The Archangel Michael, in the form of nebula and fire, traveled in front of the Israelites when they were freed from the Egyptian bonds, showing them the way to the Promised Land.

When Lucifer, who belonged to the angels, revolted because of his pride against God, he wanted to become His likeness. A bunch of angels broke down from God and followed him. These angels, along with Lucifer, were persecuted and turned into demons. Then, the Archangel Michael, with humiliation and submission to God, gathered and joined the ranks of the angels, saying to them, “let us be careful not to fall from the light in the dark like Lucifer”. He thus preserved the glory of the other angelic orders.

The Assembly of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel and all the angelic battalions is celebrated on November 8th.

Characteristics of the icon

The icon has been crafted with high quality materials and the unique method of the loyal depiction of the forms that the Byzantine hagiography workshop of Father Pefkis follows. The details stand out with their vivid tone as well as the outline of the form of the Archangel and the folds of his mantle. The painted surface has been covered with pure beeswax in order to maintain intact with its bright colors.

The artwork has the signature of the Athonite academy student and well-known painter and priest father Pefkis.

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