Lithography – Virgin Mary Paramythia | Mount Athos


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This lithography with the representation of Virgin Mary Paramythia was created with the Byzantine style by a monk iconographer from Mount Athos.


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Origin: Mount Athos

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Lithography with Virgin Mary Paramythia

According to Orthodox tradition the year 807 AD the abbot of the Holy Monastery of Vatopedi heard the voice of Virgin Mary who was telling him: «Do not open the gates of the monastery today, but climb on the walls and get rid of the pirates». Surprised the abbot noticed that the face of Virgin Mary came alive while Jesus raised his right hand and tried to cover with it the mouth of Virgin Mary by saying: «No my mother, punish them because they deserve it».  But Virgin Mary grasped the hand of her Son. By turning her head, in order to free her lips, she repeated the same words. This latter formation of the faces remained permanently in the icon. The monks, after being miraculously saved by the pirates, thanked Virgin Mary and they named the icon Paramythia, which means alleviation.

Lithography: Characteristics

This particular icon is created with the technique of lithography. The monk who created this piece of artwork has studied at the workshops of iconography at Mount Athos where he learned the technique of lithography and the process of artificial maturation by hand that applied at this icon with the representation of Virgin Mary. These techniques gives this icon collectable value. The technique of lithography in iconography is a printing technique which was invented in  1798 and relies on the fact that water and oil never mix.


The icon is available upon order within 5 business days


Origin: Mount Athos

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