Saint Irene Chrysovalantou – Hagiography in Antique Painting Technique | Father Pefkis

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Saint Irene Chrysovalantou stood out for her beauty and her noble upbringing. She sold her belongings to help the poor and lived ascetically. The hagiography in antique painting technique of Saint Irene is crafted in the workshop of the distinguished hagiographer Father Pefkis.

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Hagiography with Saint Irene Chrysovalantou in antique painting technique

Saint Irene Chrysovalantou lived in the 9th century AD. in the years of Empress Theodora, who restored sacred icons.

Saint Irene was descended from Cappadocia. She was distinguished for her piousness as well as for her physical beauty and noble upbringing. These gifts attracted a distinguished man who asked Irene for marriage. Thus, Saint Irene tavelled for Constantinople. On the way, however, she passed from the monastery of Chrysovalantou. The encounter with the nuns attracted her so much that she made the decision to stay with them.

She returned to her home, sold her property to help poor people, while she donated the rest of the money to the monastery. She rejected the mundane and became a nun, living ascetic and holy life.

When the abbot of the monastery died, Irene, despite her refusal, was appointed her successor. As a reverend, she performed her duties perfectly. God, in fact, brought it with the prophetic and miraculous charisma. With her prayers she freed many of the demons. She sensed her death, which was peaceful.

The Church honors the memory of Saint Irene Chrysovalantou on July 28th.

Hagiography in antique painting technique

The icon with saint Irene Chrysovalantou 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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