Lithography – Virgin Mary Gorgoepikoos | Mount Athos


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A lithography with the representation of Virgin Mary Gorgoepikoos. An icon crafted by a monk and following the Byzantine style.


Origin: Mount Athos

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Lithography with Virgin Mary Gorgoepikoos

A lithography with the representation of Virgin Mary Gorgoepikoos. The original icon is located at the Holy Monastery of Docheiari of Mount Athos since 1646. She protects the monks from every offense and insult, but also those who turn to her by faith, asking for her brokerage. Virgin Mary the Gorgoepikoos is an ancient wall-painting of the Blessed Virgin. According to Orthodox tradition in 1664 a monk  heard a voice telling him: «Do not come past here with a torch, leaving smoke on my icon», but he didn’t pay much attention.

The voice was heard again and again and after some time the monk got blind. After that he spent all his time in front of the icon praying to Virgin Mary to forgive and heal him. His prayer was granted when, for the third time, a voice was heard from the icon which told him that his supplication had been heard. Virgin Mary told the monks that they should leave all their needs at her «hands». She would hear them speedily, for her name is «Gorgoepikoos» which means «she who hears speedily».

Lithography: Characteristics

This particular icon is created with the technique of lithography. The monk who created this piece of artwork has studied at the workshops of iconography at Mount Athos where he learned the technique of lithography and the process of artificial maturation by hand that applied at this icon with the representation of Virgin Mary. These techniques gives this icon collectable value. The technique of lithography in iconography is a printing technique which was invented in  1798 and relies on the fact that water and oil never mix.


Origin: Mount Athos

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