Virgin Mary Hodegetria – Antique Lithography | Mount Athos

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An icon with the representation of Virgin Mary Hodegetria  crafted by a monk at Mount Athos with the technique of lithography and following the Byzantine style.

 

The icon is available upon order within 5 business days

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 18 x 27,5 x 2 cm

 

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Lithography with Virgin Mary Hodegetria

An antique lithography with Virgin Mary Hodegetria. According to Orthodox tradition the icon of Virgin Mary Hodegetria is the first icon of the Church and this prototype is said to have been painted by the Apostle Luke and later kept in Constantinople. However there is another version that says that the prototype has long been in the Katholikon of the Monastery of Vatopedi, on the column of the left choir. Tradition says that in 1730 the icon suddenly disappeared from its place, although the gates of the Monastery were locked and was found at the Monastery of Xenophontos.

Everyone thought that someone had stolen it, and so the icon was brought back to its old place. But a short while afterwards the same incident happened again. The monks from Vatopedi were now convinced that this was a miracle and decided to respect the will of Theotokos. They hastened to Xenophontos to reverence the «Hodegetria», and for a long time afterwards used to send oil and wax for Her in Her new home.

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. 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.

 

The icon is available upon order within 5 business days

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 18 x 27,5 x 2 cm

Additional information

Weight0.7 kg

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