Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn – Antique Serigraph | Mount Athos

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An antique serigraph with a very rare representation of Virgin Mary, called Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn. The prototype is located in the Chapel of the Gate of Dawn in Vilnius, Lithuania.

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 14,5 x 27,5 x 2 cm

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Antique Serigraph with Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn

The prototype of Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn is an icon which is located in the Chapel of the Gate of Dawn in Vilnius, Lithuania. The painting was historically displayed above the Vilnius city gate and it is estimated that was completed most likely around 1630. At that icon Virgin Mary is depicted without the infant Jesus and has a crown on Her head. In 1671, the monks built a wooden chapel to Our Lady next to the gate tower and it was around that time that the painting was covered in expensive silver clothes many years later that icon took the name Our Lady of Mercy and for centuries became a symbol for both Catholics and Orthodox Christians. The prototype icon is considered to be miraculous and it was saved from many fires over the years.

Serigraph: Characteristics

Serigraph is a common technique in iconography and as a result is being taught and used in many iconography workshops including the ones at Mount Athos. At iconographies that are made with this particular technique monks are using traditional methods, which means that the iconographer creates the biggest part of the icon by hand and with less participation of technology. The artificial maturation of the iconographies is also handmade and gives at these works of art collectable value. These are exact copies of Byzantine art with an intense charm of old. This iconography is created with excellent materials in natural wood and the painted surface is covered with pure beeswax so it remains intact and with bright colours.

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 14,5 x 27,5 x 2 cm

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Weight0.5 kg
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