Virgin Mary Hodegetria – Antique Serigraph | Mount Athos


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This iconography is created with excellent materials in natural wood and has a representation of Virgin Mary Hodegetria. This is an antique serigraph, a common technique at iconography workshops.


Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 17 x 27 x 2 cm


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Antique Serigraph with Virgin Mary Hodegetria

An antique serigraph with Virgin Mary Hodegetria. According to Orthodox tradition the icon of Virgin Mary Hodegetria is the first icon of the Church and this prototype is said to have been painted by the Apostle Luke and later kept in Constantinople. However there is another version that says that the prototype has long been in the Katholikon of the Monastery of Vatopedi, on the column of the left choir. Tradition says that in 1730 the icon suddenly disappeared from its place, although the gates of the Monastery were locked and was found at the Monastery of Xenophontos.

Everyone thought that someone had stolen it, and so the icon was brought back to its old place. But a short while afterwards the same incident happened again. The monks from Vatopedi were now convinced that this was a miracle and decided to respect the will of Theotokos. They hastened to Xenophontos to reverence the «Hodegetria», and for a long time afterwards used to send oil and wax for Her in Her new home.

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: 17 x 27 x 2 cm


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Weight 0.5 kg


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