Virgin Mary Portaitissa – Engraved Serigraph – Mount Athos

Engraved serigraph with Virgin Mary Portaitissa or the Iviron Theotokos. According to Orthodox tradition the prototype was painted by Luke the Evangelist.

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 18 x 26 cm

 

 

Description

Engraved Serigraph with Virgin Mary Portaitissa

An engraved serigraph with the representation of Virgin Mary 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.

Engraved Serigraph: Characteristics

Engraved serigraph with Virgin Mary Portaitissa. The engraved iconographies incorporate a special technique, which gives the icon an exceptional aesthetic style. Serigraph is a very popular technique in iconography and is used in many iconography workshops, including those of Mount Athos. In fact at iconographies that are made with this particular technique monks are using both modern and traditional methods. In addition, this particular serigraph is crafted with exceptional quality materials so it remains intact and with bright colours.

 

 

Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 18 x 26 cm