Virgin Mary Gorgoepikoos – Antique Painting Technique | Father Pefkis

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Virgin Mary Gorgoepikoos is an ancient wall-painting of the Blessed Virgin. It is located on the outside of the eastern wall of the refectory, to the right of the entrance, in the Docheiariou Monastery. Find now a unique replica of the icon which has been crafted with great attention to detail by the famous Greek hagiographer, father Pefkis.
Origin: Father Pefkis Hagiography Workshop

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Virgin Mary Gorgoepikoos, the Miraculous Icon of the Holy Mount Athos!

The best-known miraculous icon of the Holy Mountain Mount Athos, after Panagia Portaitissa. Virgin Mary Gorgoepikoos is an ancient wall-painting of the Blessed Virgin. It is located on the outside of the eastern wall of the refectory, to the right of the entrance, in the Docheiariou Monastery.

Virgin Mary Gorgoepikoos – History of the icon

In 1664, the trapezares Neilos, heard a voice telling him: “Do not come past here with a torch, leaving smoke on my icon”. Neilos did not pay much attention to the voice, but it was soon heard again. The voice was imposing a punishment on the monk and leaving him blind. The brothers began to show great reverence in passing before the icon. They hung a perpetual lamp before it and burned incense before it every day. The blind Neilos spent all his time in a stall in front of the icon. He was praying to Virgin Mary to forgive him and heal him. His prayer was granted when, for the third time, a voice was heard from the icon which told Neilos that his supplication had been heard. The voice said that it was to her protection, after God, and her overshadowing guardianship. The monks should leave all their needs at her “hands”. She would hear them speedily, for her name is “Gorgoepikoos” (she who hears speedily).

Virgin Mary Gorgoepikoos – Composition & Technique

Virgin Mary Gorgoepikoos 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 Virgin Mary Gorgoepikoos is available exclusively via Mount Athos Products exhibition.

Origin: Father Pefkis Hagiography Workshop

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