Theotokos of Vladimir – Antique Painting Technique | Father Pefkis

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The Theotokos of Vladimir is a medieval Byzantine icon of the Virgin and Child. It is one of the most venerated Orthodox icons and a fine and early example of the Eleusa type. Discover a unique replica of the icon which has been crafted by father Pefkis one the most well-known Greek hagiographers.
Origin: Father Pefkis Hagiography Workshop

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Theotokos of Vladimir – one of the most venerated Orthodox Icons!

The Theotokos of Vladimir is a medieval Byzantine icon of the Virgin and Child. In 1169 Andrei Bogolyubsky sacked Kyiv, and, after plundering the city, stole much religious artwork, including a Byzantine “Mother of God” icon which was transferred to Vladimir.

It is one of the most venerated Orthodox icons and a fine and early example of the iconography of the Eleusa type, with the Christ child snuggling up to his mother’s cheek. The Theotokos (Greek for Virgin Mary, literally meaning “Birth-Giver of God”) is regarded as the holy protectress of Russia. The icon is displayed in the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow in a functioning church in the grounds of the museum. Even more than most famous icons, the original has been copied repeatedly for centuries, and many copies have considerable artistic and religious significance of their own.

Unlike some icons with a special following in religious terms the high artistic quality of the work is universally agreed, and the Vladimirskaya, as Russians call it, is generally accepted as the finest of the few Byzantine icons surviving from its period, and according to the art historian David Talbot Rice is admitted by all who have seen it to be one of the most outstanding religious paintings of the world.

Theotokos of Vladimir – Composition & Technique

The Theotokos of Vladimir icon has been crafted with high quality materials and the unique method of the loyal depiction of the forms that the Byzantine hagiography workshop of Father Pefkis faithfully follows. The details stand out with their vivid tones. The painted surface has been covered with pure beeswax in order to maintain unchanged over the passage of time. The background of the icon stands out with its gold – bright color.
This unique work of art has the signature of the Athonite academy graduate and well-known painter and priest father Pefkis. He faithfully follows the technique of icon painting and artificial aging as it was taught to him on Mount Athos.

The icon of Theotokos of Vladimir is available exclusively via Mount Athos Products exhibition.

Origin: Father Pefkis Hagiography Workshop

 

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