Lithography – Virgin Mary Portaitissa | Mount Athos


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A lithography with the representation of Virgin Mary Portaitissa crafted by a monk at Mount Athos. The iconographer is using the Byzantine style until the last detail.


Origin: Mount Athos

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Lithography with Virgin Mary Portaitissa

A lithography with the representation of Panagia Portaitissa or the Iviron Theotokos. According to Orthodox tradition the prototype is an Eastern Orthodox icon of Virgin Mary which was painted by Luke the Evangelist. This original image is found in the Iviron monastery on Mount Athos where it is believed to have been since the year 999. According to tradition the icon was kept to the katholikon of the monastery. But one day when the monks entered the church they could not find the icon. After searching they discovered the icon hanging on the gates of the monastery. This occurrence was repeated several times, until a monk said that he had seen a vision of Theotokos, wherein she revealed that she did not want her icon to be guarded by the monks, but rather she intended to be their Protectress.

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 Portaitissa. 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.


Origin: Mount Athos

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