Saint Demetrius – Gold Plated Lithography  – Mount Athos

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A beautiful gold plated lithography with Saint Demetrius. At this icon the monk used a lithographic copy of Byzantine art to create this artwork.

 

Origin: Mount Athos

 

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Gold Plated Lithography with Saint Demetrius

Saint Demetrius was born between 280-284 AD and he was the son of an aristocratic family in Thessaloniki.  As a military, he quickly evolved into the ranks of the Roman army. His status as an officer did not prevent him from accepting the Orthodox faith and becoming Christian. Demetrius was imprisoned in Thessaloniki and he was tortured during the time of the emperors Diocletian and Maximianus in 305 AD.

The body of Saint Demetrius was buried in the place of his martyrdom, according to the authors of the greetings of Eustathios of Thessaloniki, Gregory Palamas and Demetrius Chrysoloras. His tomb was transformed into a deep shaft that breathes myrrh. It is believed by the people as having intervened to save the city over the years from invading foreigners, from the Slavic nations, Bulgarians, Arabs, Saracens, and others.

Gold Plated Lithography: Characteristics

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

 

Origin: Mount Athos

 

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