Hagiography Saint Demetrios
The Saint Demetrios of the Greek Orthodoxy has been linked to the city where he was born and martyred, namely Thessaloniki, and his memory has been narrated in many of the adventures and struggles of the city.
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Saint Demetrios in this unique hagiography which has been crafted with the lithographic process and has been placed on a wood derivative, is depicted horseback with military attire, according to the tradition, while killing the Bulgarian tsar Ioannitzis or Skulogiannis, as he was called by the Byzantines, during the siege of Thessaloniki in October 1204.
The depiction of St. Demetrius horseback is mostly found in parts of northern Greece and the Balkans, from the 15th century and onwards. The Saint of the Greek Orthodoxy has been linked to the city where he was born and martyred, namely Thessaloniki, and his memory has been narrated in many of the adventures and struggles of the city. Accurate guard and sleepless guardian, the patron saint of Thessaloniki, Saint Demetrius, is very popular among all Slavic nations while he is especially beloved in Russia.
The lithographic icon of Saint Demetrius has been placed by the monks who live at the Holy Hut of St. George on Mount Athos, in a wood derivative, which has been worked with wax and resin. By applying high temperature, the wood took this particular shape and its distinctive black color.
This unique work of Byzantine art has been coated with gloss varnish in order to remain unchanged over time.
Origin: Holy Hut of St. George at the Skete of St. Anne on Mount Athos