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Virgin Mary Hodegetria – Antique Serigraph | Father Pefkis

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An antique serigraph with Virgin Mary Hodegetria. This particular icon comes from the workshop of Byzantine art of father Pefkis.

 

Origin: Workshop of Byzantine art of Father Pefkis

 

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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

This particular icon comes from the workshop of Byzantine art of father Pefkis and bears a seal and a certificate of authenticity. 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. The artificial aging 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.

 

Origin: Workshop of Byzantine art of Father Pefkis

 

 

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