Lithography – Antique Painting Technique – Virgin Mary Paramythia | Mount Athos

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Virgin Mary Paramythia, with the sweet expression of her face, calms and rests those who look at her face. The icon is a lithographed copy of Byzantine art. It is hand-finished and completed with antique painting technique.

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Lithography in antique painting technique with Virgin Mary Paramythia

Virgin Mary Paramythia is the one who comforts us. With the bland expression of her face, she rests and calms those who look at her figure and worship her image.

The historical image of Panagia Paramythia is located in the Holy Monastery of Vatopedi of Mount Athos. The original expression of Theotokos and Jesus in this particular icon was different. It changed, however, when the next miracle happened.

In 807 AD pirates landed on the beach of the monastery. They were waiting hidden to open the gate of the monastery to attack. After the end of the morning service, the abbot remained alone to continue his prayer. Suddenly she heard the following words, coming from a female voice: “Do not open the gates of the monastery today but climb the walls and drive the pirates.”

Turning his face to the icon of the Virgin, he saw the Divine Infant spreading his hand and covering his mother’s lips, saying, “My mother, let them be punished as they deserve. However, the Virgin Mary, holding her Son’s hand with her hand and turning her head slightly to release her lips, echoed the same words. Thus the abbot made sure that the first voice he heard was of the Virgin Mary.

The latter formation of the persons and the expression of the Virgin and Jesus remained permanently in the icon. The monks were saved by the pirates thanks to the Virgin Mary’s warning which they warmly thanked for its miraculous intervention. From this miracle they named the icon of Virgin Mary Paramythia. Virgin Mary Paramythia of Vatopedi is a fresco and is located in the homonymous chapel of the monastery.

Lithography in antique painting technique: Characteristics

The icon with Panagia Paramythia is hand-finished. Then there is completed with antique painting technique, which gives it charm. The ornate designs on the halo of the Virgin Mary and Jesus give the icon the Byzantine majesty.

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