Saint Irene Chrysovalantou – Gold Plated Lithography – Mount Athos


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Gold plated lithography with Saint Irene Chrysovalantou. A beautiful work of art crafted by an iconographer monk at Mount Athos.


Origin: Mount Athos


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Gold Plated Lithography with Saint Irene Chrysovalantou

A gold plated lithography with the representation of Saint Irene Chrysovalantou. Saint Irene lived in the 9th century AD and she was distinguished for her beauty and noble upbringing. These gifts attracted a distinguished man who asked Irene for marriage and some time later they started their journey to Constantinople. On the way, however, she passed from the monastery of Chrysovalantou.

Irene was impressed so much by the monastery’s atmosphere and the sisterhood’s way of life that she freed her slaves, gave her inherited wealth and dowry to the poor and entered the community, wearing a habit of sackcloth. With humility and obedience she served the sisterhood. When the abbess of the monastery died, Irene, despite her refusal, was appointed her successor. The more Irene was respected for her judgment, holy way of life, and miracles, the more she humbled herself. She sensed her death, which was peaceful. The Church honors the memory of Saint Irene Chrysovalantou on July 28th.

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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