Virgin Mary Sweet Kissing – Antique painting technique with gold leaf

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Virgin Mary Sweet Kissing has been handcrafted and is adorned with gold leafs. The antique painting technique that has been used for its creation adds extra charm to the icon. The handmade details make the form of Virgin Mary even more vibrant!

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Icon depicting Virgin Mary Sweet Kissing that has been crafted on naturally aged wood

The Panagia Glykophilousa, “Sweet-kissing” or “Loving Kindness” icon depicts the Virgin Mary caressing her son, so that they appear to be kissing. In the Byzantine representations, the Child caresses her cheek while she appears sad, seemingly contemplating his coming Passion.

The icon is remembered by the Church on March 27.

Glykophiloussa – Monastery of Philotheou on Mount Athos

Like the Panagia Portaitissa is one of the icons saved from the Iconoclastic Controversy and brought miraculously to Athos. It was the property of Victoria, the devout wife of the eikonomachos senator Symeon, who, in order to have to hand it over, threw it into the sea. The icon, floating upright on the waves, reached the arsanas of the Monastery of Philotheou, where it was received with great honour and rejoicing by the Abbot and fathers of the Monastery, who had been warned of its advent by a revelation of the Theotokos. At the point on the shore where they placed the icon, holy water gushed out. There each year on the Monday of the Diakainisimi Week, there is a procession and blessing with holy water.

The icon Virgin Mary Sweet Kissing

The icon has been handcrafted and is adorned with gold leafs. The antique painting technique that has been used for its creation adds extra charm to the icon. The handmade details make the form of Virgin Mary more vibrant!
The face of Virgin Mary Sweet Kissing is always close to the face of her child. Christ is nestling frightened inside her arms. She is wearing a purple tunic while Christ is dressed in a white tunic and in a brilliant himation. His look turns to Virgin Mary while She turns her look to Jesus. The originality of this image lies on the fact that it is one of the icons that survived from the iconoclasm and were miraculously transferred to Mount Athos.

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