Virgin Mary Paramythia – Antique Lithography | Mount Athos


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A beautiful icon with the representation of Virgin Mary Paramythia created with the technique of lithography by a monk at Mount Athos. The artificial maturation is handmade and gives this artwork collectable value.


Origin: Mount Athos


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Lithography with Virgin Mary Paramythia

According to the tradition, the original facial expressions and posture of Virgin Mary Paramythia the Mother of God changed after a 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.

Lithography: 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 Virgin Mary Paramythia 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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