Lithography – Saint Irene Chrysovalantou | Mount Athos


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A lithography with the representation of Saint Irene Chrysovalantou crafted by a monk at Mount Athos. The iconographer is using the Byzantine style until the last detail creating this excellent work of art with the technique of lithography.

Origin: Mount Athos

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Lithography with Saint Irene Chrysovalantou

A lithography with the representation of Saint Irene Chrysovalantou. Saint Irene lived in the 9th century AD and she was distinguished for her beauty and noble upbringing. These gifts attracted a distinguished man who asked Irene for marriage and some time later they started their journey to Constantinople. On the way, however, she passed from the monastery of Chrysovalantou.

Irene was impressed so much by the monastery’s atmosphere and the sisterhood’s way of life that she freed her slaves, gave her inherited wealth and dowry to the poor and entered the community, wearing a habit of sackcloth. With humility and obedience she served the sisterhood. When the abbess of the monastery died, Irene, despite her refusal, was appointed her successor. The more Irene was respected for her judgment, holy way of life, and miracles, the more she humbled herself. She sensed her death, which was peaceful. The Church honors the memory of Saint Irene Chrysovalantou on July 28th.

Lithography Saint Irene Chrysovalantou: Characteristics

Monks are learning the technique of lithography at iconography workshops at Mount Athos so they can create with love and patience these excellent artworks. At this icon with the representation of Saint Irene Chrysovalantou the monk used a lithographic copy of Byzantine art to create this artwork. He also applied the process of artificial maturation by hand to give this icon unique aesthetic value. Lithography is a method of printing originally based on the immiscibility of oil and water.

Origin: Mount Athos

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