Archangels Gabriel & Michael – Hagiography in Antique Painting Technique | Father Pefkis

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The angels perform the saving work of the divine economy and praise God and Creator of everything. The Archangels Gabriel and Michael, head of the Angelic Bands, are portrayed in an extraordinarily hagiography in antique painting technique crafted in the workshop of Athoniada’s student father Pefkis.

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The Archangels Gabriel and Michael in hagiography in antique painting technique

In the Bible, there is often talk of angels. Angels are God’s creations, immaterial and intuitive, free of the passions of people. They serve the work of the divine economy and praise God and Creator of everything.

They often come in contact with people when it comes to their benefit. In Orthodox tradition, the image of angel wings has been formed. They are depicted with priesthood, in the form of a Heavenly Army. Separated and ranked in battalions with separate names: Angels, Archangels, Principles, Powers, Forces, Throne, Citizenship, Cherubim and Seraphim. Chief of the angelic powers are the Archangels Michael and Gabriel. The name Michael is interpreted as “God’s Power” and Gabriel as “God’s Man”.

The gathering of Archangels Michael and Gabriel is celebrated on 8 November. On this day, the Church celebrates the celebration of the reign of Michael and Gabriel and all the heavenly forces in remembrance of Satan’s apostasy. When archangel Michael saw Satan falling, he called the celestial powers and praise God with the rest of the angels. This assembly was called the assembly of the Inner Powers, that is, union and unity of the goods of angels.

Hagiography in antique painting technique

The icon with Archangels Gabriel and Michael has been crafted by Father Pefkis and bears his signature, which also means the authenticity of this copy, which thus bears the seal of the tradition of Mount Athos.

Hagiography has been crafted with excellent quality materials in natural wood. The painted surface is covered with a pure beeswax to keep it intact with bright colors. The handmade antique painting technique, which has been applied by the painter Father Pefkis, a graduate of the Athonian School, makes the icon collectible.

The Byzantine iconography of Father Pefkis, since 1980, deals with the production of copies of portable icons of the Byzantine and post-Byzantine period in accordance with the Athonite style.

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