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Virgin Mary Kardiotissa – Serigraph on Naturally Aged Wood

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Serigraph with Virgin Mary Kardiotissa on naturally aged wood. An icon where the iconographer monk used as a base a piece of wood that has long history.

 

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

 

 

Dimensions: 19,5 x 27 x 2 cm

Origin: Mount Athos

 

 

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Serigraph with Virgin Mary Kardiotissa on Naturally Aged Wood

A wonderful and relatively rare representation of Virgin Mary Kardiotissa, an epithet from the greek word «καρδιά» which means heart. The original icon of Kardiotissa got the specific name, as the Virgin Mary holds Jesus on the left side of her arms, in the part of the heart. It is said that it was the work of Saint Lazarus, a monk and hagiographer and has a long history, which is estimated to begin with the iconoclasm. In fact, that icon was stolen from a monastery in Crete, where it was located and transported to the church of St. Alfonso in Rome.

The icon with Virgin Mary Kardiotissa was replaced, however she was again stolen at least three times by the Turks, but always returned to the monastery. According to tradition, once to prevent theft, the icon was chained to a marble pillar, but even then it was stolen along with the pillar. However, a short time later, Virgin Mary Kardiotissa returned to her place in the monastery.

Blessed Wood that Came out of Paradise

At this particular icon the iconographer monk used as a base a piece of wood that has long history. The cracks at the surface of the wood confirms its age and the fact that for many years it was part of a door or a ceiling beam or even part of the furnishings in a cell at Mount Athos. When some of these objects had to be replaced the monks, with absolute respect, kept the old pieces of the wood and after the required maintenance they reuse them as a base for these beautiful icons. They are cutting and processing the wood with excellent techniques so they can use it later for their artworks. 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

 

 

Dimensions: 19,5 x 27 x 2 cm

Origin: Mount Athos

 

 

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Weight 0.518 kg

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