Virgin Mary Paramythia – Antique Painting Technique | Father Pefkis

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The prototype of Virgin Mary Paramythia is located at the Holy Monastery of Vatopaidi. The 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.
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Virgin Mary Paramythia – a unique icon that has been crafted by the famous Greek hagiographer, father Pefkis!

The prototype of Virgin Mary Paramythia is located at the Holy Monastery of Vatopaidi. The main iconographic type of Virgin Mary stems from the age-old type of the Mother of God with the newborn infant in her lap. In the Christian art this specific type, which symbolized the eternal rebirth and continuity of life – the victory over death – acquires a specific theological content.

Virgin Mary Paramythia – The miracle

The year 807 AD and while the abbot of the Holy Monastery of Vatopedi was inside the temple, he suddenly heard the voice of Virgin Mary who was telling him: “Do not open the gates of the monastery today, but climb on the walls and get rid of the pirates”.

Surprised the abbot noticed that the face of Virgin Mary came alive while Jesus raised his right hand and tried to cover with it the mouth of Virgin Mary by saying: “No my mother, punish them because they deserve it” . But Virgin Mary grasped the hand of her Son. By turning her head, in order to free her lips, she repeated the same words. This latter formation of the faces remained permanently in the icon. The monks, after being miraculously saved by the pirates, thanked Virgin Mary. They named the icon Paramythia, which means alleviation or mitigation, concepts that equally attribute the occurrence of a miracle.

Virgin Mary Paramythia – Composition & Technique

Virgin Mary Paramythia 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 Paramythia is available exclusively via the Mount Athos Products exhibition.

 

Origin: Father Pefkis Hagiography Workshop

 

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