Saint George Karslidis  – Gold Plated Lithography  – Mount Athos

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A gold plated lithography with Saint George Karslidis who lived the last 30 years of his life at the city of Drama, Greece. An icon with great aesthetic value.

 

Origin: Mount Athos

 

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Gold Plated Lithography with Saint George Karslidis 

Saint George Karslidis was born at 1901 at Pontοs and his birth name was Athanasios. From a very early age he gave signs of his inclination towards God. It is known that while he was still a child, he prayed constantly, practiced fasting and at the age of seven years he went on a pilgrimage to venerate Panagia Soumela, at the Soumela Monastery. At the age of nine years old he became a novice monk and after ten years, at the age of 18, he became a monk. Soon afterwards he was ordained a deacon.

During the days of the persecution of the church by the church in Georgia he and his fellow monks were arrested suffering imprisonment, humiliation and tortures. He was sentenced to death by firing squad, and was shot, but he survived miraculously because the three bullets which hit him only grazed him, and did little harm. He was sentenced to death for the second time in his life in 1941 but after he prayed with calmness and asked them to proceed with their work, they abandoned him out of fear. He lived the last 30 years of his life at Drama, Greece.

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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