Saint Iakovos Tsalikis – Gold Plated Lithography – Mount Athos


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Gold plated lithography with Saint Iakovos Tsalikis. A beautiful work of art by an iconographer monk at Mount Athos.


Origin: Mount Athos


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Gold Plated Lithography with Saint Iakovos Tsalikis

Saint Iakovos Tsalikis was born in 1920 in Livisi, Asia Minor. He wanted to go to a monastery in the Holy Land, but first went to a local monastery dedicated to Saint David to pray about it. On the way Saint David himself appeared to him and invited him to stay in his monastery. According to tradition Saint David was like his own spiritual father, appearing to him on many occasions. His asceticism was astonishing. He ate very little and he slept on the ground, for two hours. The whole night was devoted to prayer. Regarding his struggle, he used to say: «I do nothing. Whatever I do, it’s God doing it. Saint David brings me up to the mark for it».

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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