Virgin Mary Glykofilousa – Antique Serigraph | Mount Athos

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A beautiful antique serigraph with the representation of Virgin Mary Glykofilousa. The prototype is one of the icons saved from the Iconoclastic Controversy and brought miraculously to Athos.

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 20 x 33,5 x 2 cm

 

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Antique Serigraph with Virgin Mary Glykofilousa

An antique serigraph with Virgin Mary Glykofilousa, «Sweet-kissing» or «Loving Kindness». This icon depicts Virgin Mary caressing her son, so that they appear to be kissing. In the Byzantine representations, the Child caresses her cheek while she appears sad, seemingly contemplating his coming Passion. Like Panagia Portaitissa, the icon with Virgin Mary Glykofilousa is one of the icons saved from the Iconoclastic Controversy and brought miraculously to Athos.

It was the property of Victoria, the devout wife of senator Symeon, who, in order to save it she threw it into the sea. The icon reached the arsanas of the Monastery of Philotheou, where it was received with great honour.  At the point on the shore where they placed the icon, holy water gushed out. There each year on the Monday of the Diakainisimou Week, there is a procession and blessing with holy water.

Serigraph: Characteristics

Serigraph is a common technique in iconography and as a result is being taught and used in many iconography workshops including the ones at Mount Athos. At iconographies that are made with this particular technique monks are using traditional methods, which means that the iconographer creates the biggest part of the icon by hand and with less participation of technology. The artificial maturation of the iconographies is also handmade and gives at these works of art collectable value. These are exact copies of Byzantine art with an intense charm of old. This iconography is created with excellent materials in natural wood and the painted surface is covered with pure beeswax so it remains intact and with bright colours.

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 20 x 33,5 x 2 cm

 

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Weight0.8 kg
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