Saint Basil – Gold Plated Lithography  – Mount Athos

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A gold plated lithography with the representation of Saint Basil the Great. The monk applied the process of artificial maturation by hand to give this icon unique aesthetic value.

 

Origin: Mount Athos

 

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Gold Plated Lithography with Saint Basil

Saint Basil was born in Caesarea of Asia Minor at 329 AD, his parents were noble and good Christians and they created the basis for his faith. He had versatility and he studied all the sciences of his time, such as philosophy, rhetorical, grammar, astronomy  and medicine, while at the same time he was studying the gospel and he was living an ascetic life. He went at the centers of asceticism in Egypt, Palestine, Syria and Mesopotamia to be taught the life of the monk and later retired to a monastery in Pontus of Asia Minor. There he became a monk, after that he ordained priest and later bishop. He was a courageous fighter of the Orthodox faith and he wrote several works as well as the Divine Service that that was named after him. He passed away in 379 AD and the Church named him Great.

Gold Plated Lithography: Characteristics

This particular icon has been created with the technique of lithography. In addition this icon has been gold plated and as a result the quality and overall aesthetics of the work is being upgraded and it also has embossed letters a technique done entirely by hand. 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 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.

 

Origin: Mount Athos

 

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