Virgin Mary Glykofilousa – Antique Serigraph | Father Pefkis


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An antique serigraph with Virgin Mary Glykofilousa or «Sweet-kissing». A great icon following the Byzantine tradition.



Origin: Workshop of Byzantine art of Father Pefkis

Dimensions: 15×20 cm



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Antique Serigraph with Virgin Mary Glykofilousa

An antique serigraph with Virgin Mary Glykofilousa, «Sweet-kissing» or «Loving Kindness». This icon depicts Virgin Mary caressing her son, so that they appear to be kissing. In the Byzantine representations, the Child caresses her cheek while she appears sad, seemingly contemplating his coming Passion. Like Panagia Portaitissa, the icon with Virgin Mary Glykofilousa is one of the icons saved from the Iconoclastic Controversy and brought miraculously to Athos.

It was the property of Victoria, the devout wife of senator Symeon, who, in order to save it she threw it into the sea. The icon reached the arsanas of the Monastery of Philotheou, where it was received with great honour.  At the point on the shore where they placed the icon, holy water gushed out. There each year on the Monday of the Diakainisimou Week, there is a procession and blessing with holy water.

Serigraph: Characteristics

This particular icon comes from the workshop of Byzantine art of father Pefkis and bears a seal and a certificate of authenticity. The iconographer father Pefkis is a graduate of the Athoniada Ecclesiastical Academy of Mount Athos and acquired his knowledge by studying alongside renowned teachers, while he is also a professor of iconography. The artificial aging is handmade, the colors used are in line with the Byzantine tradition, while the work has been created according to the style of the Macedonian school, which is followed in the workshop of Father Pefkis. The surface of this wonderful icon is covered with pure beeswax, so that the colors are kept bright over time.


Origin: Workshop of Byzantine art of Father Pefkis

Dimensions: 15×20 cm


Additional information

Weight 0.5 kg



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