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Using a lithographed copy of Byzantine art, Nectarios Nestos created the icon of Virgin Mary Paramythia according to the traditional method of artificial aging that was taught to him on Mt Athos. In this unique hagiography he has paid special attention to the handcrafted details.

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Lithography Virgin Mary Paramythia – Composition

Using a lithographed copy of Byzantine art, Nectarios Nestos created this artwork according to the traditional method of artificial aging that was taught to him on Mt Athos. In this unique hagiography he has paid special attention to the handcrafted details.

Nectarios Nestos, connoisseur of the Byzantine art creates multicolored lithographs that are available exclusively via the Mount Athos Products Exhibition.

Virgin Mary Paramythia – the mother of God!

According to the tradition, the original facial expressions and posture of Virgin Mary Paramythia the Mother of God changed. Τhe following amazing miracle happened:

The miracle

The year 807 AD and while the abbot of the Holy Monastery of Vatopedi  was inside the temple, he suddenly 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. They named the icon Paramythia, which means alleviation or mitigation, concepts that equally attribute the occurrence of a miracle.

 

Discover unique works of art that have been crafted by Nectarios Nestos who has studied the art of iconography on Mount Athos with a simple click here!

 

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