Lithography – Saint Demetrius | Mount Athos


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This lithography with the representation of Saint Demetrius was created with the Byzantine style by a monk iconographer from Mount Athos. The artificial maturation is handmade and gives this artwork collectable value.


Origin: Mount Athos

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Lithography with Saint Demetrius

Saint Demetrius is the patron saint of Thessaloniki and he is one of the most popular saints in the Orthodox world.  It is believed by the people as having intervened to save the city over the years from invading foreigners, from the Slavic nations, Bulgarians, Arabs, Saracens, and others. He was born between 280-284 AD and he was the son of an aristocratic family in Thessaloniki.

As a military, he quickly evolved into the ranks of the Roman army. His status as an officer did not prevent him from accepting the Orthodox faith and becoming Christian. Demetrius was imprisoned in Thessaloniki and he was tortured during the time of the emperors Diocletian and Maximianus in 305 AD. The body of Saint Demetrius was buried in the place of his martyrdom, according to the authors of the greetings of Eustathios of Thessaloniki, Gregory Palamas and Demetrius Chrysoloras. His tomb was transformed into a deep shaft that breathes myrrh. From the myrrh that comes out of his tomb he also received the name Myrrh- streamer.

Lithography Saint Demetrius: 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 Saint Demetrius. 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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