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Virgin Mary Glykofilousa – Serigraph on Naturally Aged Wood | Mount Athos

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A great icon with the representation of Virgin Mary Glykofilousa on naturally aged wood from Mount Athos. The beautiful work on the canvas and the wood gave us a great aesthetic result.

 

As this icon is handmade and the wood processing is made exclusively by hand there might be small differences at the wood but not on the representation

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 28 x 24 x 2 cm

 

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Icon with Virgin Mary Glykofilousa on Naturally Aged Wood

A beautiful icon 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 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.

Blessed Wood that Came out of Paradise

This is a great icon, not only because of the beautiful iconography on canvas but also of the wood which was used by the monk who created this artwork. This naturally aged wood was part of a cell at Mount Athos but when monks renovated the place and replaced the beams and doors, they thought that these pieces of wood could be used to make icons.

The wood that was used at this icon came from a renovated cell and it has been carefully cut and preserved by monks with excellent techniques on processing wood. Renovation works are necessary at many cells so they can remain in good condition and monks can continue to live there.

 

As this icon is handmade and the wood processing is made exclusively by hand there might be small differences at the wood but not on the representation

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 28 x 24 x 2 cm

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