Hagiography with silver – Virgin Mary Hodegetria | Father Pefkis

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At this icon with the representation of Virgin Mary Hodegetria stands out the halo from pure silver 925o. This unique icon is crafted in the workshop of the distinguished iconographer Father Pefkis, a graduate of the Athonite Ecclesiastical Academy of Mount Athos and a teacher of iconography himself.

 

Origin: Byzantine workshop of father Pefkis

Dimensions: 30 x 62,5 x 2,5 cm

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Hagiography with Virgin Mary Hodegetria in antique painting technique

This is a beautiful icon of Byzantine art with a halo from pure silver 925o. According to Orthodox tradition the icon of Virgin Mary Hodegetria is the first icon of the Church and this prototype is said to have been painted by the Apostle Luke and later kept in Constantinople.

However there is another version that says that the prototype has long been in the Katholikon of the Monastery of Vatopedi, on the column of the left choir. Tradition says that in 1730 the icon suddenly disappeared from its place, although the gates of the Monastery were locked and was found at the Monastery of Xenophontos. Everyone thought that someone had stolen it, and so the icon was brought back to its old place. But a short while afterwards the same incident happened again. The monks from Vatopedi were now convinced that this was a miracle and decided to respect the will of Theotokos. They hastened to Xenophontos to reverence the «Hodegetria», and for a long time afterwards used to send oil and wax for Her in Her new home.

Hagiography in antique painting technique – Style

The icon with Virgin Mary Hodegetria has been crafted by Father Pefkis on natural wood, obeys to the Byzantine style and bears his signature and a seal of authenticity. The artificial maturation of paintings is handmade and gives to this artwork a collective value.

With absolute dedication to the traditional methods father Pefkis is also using colors processed mainly with egg and other traditional materials. The painted surface is covered with pure beeswax to keep the colours bright as new. Father Pefkis is a graduate of the Athonite Ecclesiastical Academy of Mount Athos and in his workshop he is creating icons mostly of the Byzantine and post-Byzantine period always with the style of the macedonian school.

 

Origin: Byzantine workshop of father Pefkis

Dimensions: 30 x 62,5 x 2,5 cm

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Weight2.3 kg

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