Hagiography Virgin Mary Undefiled
The lithographic icon of Virgin Mary Undefiled is a unique work of Byzantine art has been coated with gloss varnish in order to remain unchanged over time. It is crafted by the Kartsonaioi monks of the Holy Hut of St. George at the Skete of St. Anne on Mount Athos.
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HAGIOGRAPHY VIRGIN MARY UNDEFILED
The lithographic icon of Virgin Mary Undefiled has been placed by the monks of the Holy Hut of St. George at the Skete of St. Anne on Mount Athos, in a wood derivative that has been worked with wax and resin. By applying high temperature, the wood took this particular shape and its distinctive black color.
This unique work of Byzantine art has been coated with gloss varnish in order to remain unchanged over time.
Virgin Mary Underfiled
The art of iconography in Byzantium flourished mainly from the 9th to the 13th century. Two basic techniques prevailed during the boom of iconography, the Cretan and the Macedonian style, the main representatives of which were Theophanes the Cretan and Manuel Panselinos respectiv. The beauty in hagiography, is a spiritual and not a carnal one. This art is abstinent and austere, and achieves a richness of expression and meaning without excessive detail and decoration. The Gospel and the Old Testament are concise and laconic and the same applies for the Orthodox iconography which is simple, without unnecessary finery and vain demonstrations.
Origin: Holy Hut of Saint George – Skete of Saint Anne, Minor