Saint Gerasimos of Kefalonia – Antique Painting Technique | Father Pefkis

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The name of Saint Gerasimos, although he came from Peloponnisos, is closely linked to the island of Kefalonia. Saint Gerasimos is depicted in an extraordinary hagiography in antique painting technique, crafted in the workshop of the student of Athoniada father Pefkis.

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Hagiography with Saint Gerasimos of Kefalonis in antique painitng technique

Saint Gerasimos was born in 1509 AD. in Trikala, Korinthia. He came from the well-known family of Notarades and was the son of Dimitris and Kali.

He received Christian and nobility upbringing. In school he was distinguished for his wit and his intelligence. He was flirting with philanthropic feelings and helped his poor classmates in every way.

When he reached maturity, he traveled to various places, such as Zakynthos, Constantinople, Mount Athos and many other monasteries to eventually stay in Jerusalem. There he served as a young man for a year in the temple of the Resurrection and was ordained a deacon and later a priest by the Patriarch of Jerusalem Germanos.

Then he left Jerusalem and came to Omala of Kefalonia. There he built a women’s monastery and named it New Jerusalem. In this monastery he lived ascetically, helping the inhabitants of Kefalonia spiritually and materially.

Saint Gerasimos died peacefully on 15 August 1579 AD. at about 70 years of age. Because the day of his emancipation coincides with the Feast of the Virgin Mary, the Church celebrates the memory of Saint Gerasimos on August 16th and on October 20th, the day when his remains were redeemed in 1580-81 AD.

Hagiography in antique painting technique

The icon with saint Gerasimos has been crafted by Father Pefkis and bears his signature, which also means the authenticity of this copy, which thus bears the seal of the tradition of Mount Athos.

Hagiography has been crafted with excellent quality materials in natural wood. The painted surface is covered with a pure beeswax to keep it intact with bright colors. The handmade antique painting technique, which has been applied by the painter Father Pefkis, a graduate of the Athonian School, makes the icon collectible.

The Byzantine iconography of Father Pefkis, since 1980, deals with the production of copies of portable icons of the Byzantine and post-Byzantine period in accordance with the Athonite style.

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