Icon – Theotokos of Vladimir | Father Pefkis

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The Theotokos of Vladimir icon has been crafted with high quality materials and the unique method of the loyal depiction of the forms that the Byzantine hagiography workshop of Father Pefkis faithfully follows.
Origin: Father Pefkis Hagiography Workshop

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Hagiography – Theotokos of Vladimir a unique work Byzantine Art!

Theotokos of Vladimir – one of the most venerated Orthodox Icons!

The Theotokos of Vladimir is a medieval Byzantine icon of the Virgin and Child. In 1169 Andrei Bogolyubsky sacked Kyiv, and, after plundering the city, stole much religious artwork, including a Byzantine “Mother of God” icon which was transferred to Vladimir.

It is one of the most venerated Orthodox icons and a fine and early example of the iconography of the Eleusa type, with the Christ child snuggling up to his mother’s cheek. The Theotokos (Greek for Virgin Mary, literally meaning “Birth-Giver of God”) is regarded as the holy protectress of Russia. The icon is displayed in the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow in a functioning church in the grounds of the museum. Even more than most famous icons, the original has been copied repeatedly for centuries, and many copies have considerable artistic and religious significance of their own.

Unlike some icons with a special following in religious terms the high artistic quality of the work is universally agreed, and the Vladimirskaya, as Russians call it, is generally accepted as the finest of the few Byzantine icons surviving from its period, and according to the art historian David Talbot Rice is admitted by all who have seen it to be one of the most outstanding religious paintings of the world.

Theotokos of Vladimir – Composition & Technique

The Theotokos of Vladimir icon has been crafted with high quality materials and the unique method of the loyal depiction of the forms that the Byzantine hagiography workshop of Father Pefkis faithfully follows. The details stand out with their vivid tones. The painted surface has been covered with pure beeswax in order to maintain unchanged over the passage of time. The background of the icon draws the attention of the viewer with its gold – bright color.

The famous Greek Hagiographer Father Pefkis!

The icon has been crafted by Father Pefkis, who has studied for four years at the Athonite Ecclesiastical Academy on Mount Athos. He was taught the art of byzantine iconography by monk – professor of hagiography, Ioannis Branos, one of the most distinguished and skilled connoisseurs of the Byzantine Iconography!

The byzantine hagiography workshop of Father Pefkis since 1980 is responsible for the creation of Byzantine Replicas according to the Athonite Hagiographical Tradition.

 

The Hagiography bears a seal of authenticity on its back side which proves that it is a genuine work of Byzantine art.

Origin: Father Pefkis Hagiography Workshop

 

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