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Virgin Mary Gerontissa – Antique Serigraph | Father Pefkis

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An antique serigraph with a very rare representation of Virgin Mary Gerontissa. That name was attributed to the picture after a miracle at the Holy Monastery of Pantocratoros at Mount Athos.

 

Origin: Workshop of Byzantine art of Father Pefkis

 

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Antique Serigraph with Virgin Mary Gerontissa

This is an antique serigraph with a very rare representation of Virgin Mary. The name Gerontissa was attributed to the picture after a miracle at the Holy Monastery of Pantocratoros at Mount Athos. The tradition says that the old abbot of the monastery counted the last hours of his earthly life. By divine revelation, he experienced his end and wanted to communion at a particular day. So he begged the monk priest to shorten the Divine Liturgy, to prevent communion. The monk, however, did not obey and continued to operate slowly. Suddenly, the voice of Virgin Mary was heard by the icon, which prompted the monk to finish the Divine Liturgy quickly, so that the abbot could prevent communion. As soon as the elder abbot received the communion he was asleep and because of this incident, the image acquired the name «Gerontissa», which means «elder woman».

Serigraph: Characteristics

This particular icon comes from the workshop of Byzantine art of Father Pefkis and bears a seal and a certificate of authenticity. The artificial maturation is handmade, the colors used are in line with the Byzantine tradition, while the work has been created according to the style of the Macedonian school, which is followed in the workshop of Father Pefkis. The surface of this wonderful icon is covered with pure beeswax, so that the colors are kept bright over time. The iconographer father Pefkis is a graduate of the Athoniada Ecclesiastical Academy of Mount Athos and acquired his knowledge by studying alongside renowned teachers, while he is also a professor of iconography.

 

Origin: Workshop of Byzantine art of Father Pefkis

 

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