Virgin Mary Portaitissa – Antique Serigraph | Mount Athos


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An antique serigraph with Virgin Mary Portaitissa made by a monk at Mount Athos with traditional methods and materials. The prototype of this icon is called Panagia Portaitissa or the Iviron Theotokos.


Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 18 x 30 x 2 cm


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Antique Serigraph with Virgin Mary Portaitissa

A serigraph with the representation of Panagia Portaitissa or the Iviron Theotokos. According to Orthodox tradition the prototype is an Eastern Orthodox icon of Virgin Mary which was painted by Luke the Evangelist. This original image is found in the Iviron monastery on Mount Athos where it is believed to have been since the year 999. According to tradition the icon was kept to the katholikon of the monastery. But one day when the monks entered the church they could not find the icon. After searching they discovered the icon hanging on the gates of the monastery. This occurrence was repeated several times, until a monk said that he had seen a vision of Theotokos, wherein she revealed that she did not want her icon to be guarded by the monks, but rather she intended to be their Protectress.

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: 18 x 30 x 2 cm


Additional information

Weight 0.75 kg


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