Hagiography The Baptism

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The vivid colors, as well as handmade details, make the Baptism hagiography a unique work of art. It has been crafted by the famous Greek hagiographer father Pefkis who is also a former graduate of the Athonite Ecclesiastical Academy on Mount Athos!

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Hagiography the Baptism on Carved Canvas – Father Pefkis – Athonite Ecclesiastical Academy

Jesus Christ, despite being the one submerged in the Jordan River, is shown as though standing up and staring straight at us. His body is depicted as strong and beautiful, as it is understood classically, and in older icons He is naked. Christ appears almost as wide as the river Jordan itself; indeed, it is as though it is Jesus

Christ, rather than the river, which cuts a swathe through the rocky wilderness on either side.

Jesus Christ, despite being the one submerged in the Jordan, is shown as though standing up and staring straight at us. His body is depicted as strong and beautiful, as it is understood classically, and in older icons He is naked. Christ appears almost as wide as the river Jordan itself; indeed: it is as though it is Jesus Christ, rather than the river, which cuts a swathe through the rocky wilderness on either side.

The Icon of the Theophany, as well as depicting the Holy Trinity, also answers the question of John the Baptist: I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me? The answer is in what Jesus does with His hands. Whilst in Western art, like this painting by Da Vinci, Jesus is shown as submitting to John’s authority, in Orthodox icons Christ’s hands are not shown in prayer, but in a sign of blessing. Rather than the waters of Jordan cleansing Christ, it is Christ Who cleans the waters.

This is why in the bottom of most Theophany Icons, little creatures appear to be fleeing from the feet of Christ. This is a reflection of the words of the Psalmist regarding the Messiah (Christ): “the sea saw and fled, the Jordan turned back” (Psalm 114:3).

This unique iconography has been crafted on natural wood while the background is adorned with ormolu leaves. It has been painted in the hagiography workshop of father Pefkis, former graduate of the Athonite Ecclesiastical Academy of Mount Athos, and has been covered with pure beeswax in order to withstand the ravages of time!

Origin: Father Pefkis Hagiography Workshop

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Weight 0.90 kg