Panagia Glykofilousa – Aged Screen Printing – Mount Athos


In this silkscreen, the hagiographer follows the Byzantine style down to the last detail to depict the Virgin Mary as Glykofilousa, creating an amazing icon with a technique, which he was taught in the Mount Athos hagiography workshops

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Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 20 x 33,5 x 2 cm


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Screen printing with Panagia Glykofilousa

This icon bears a representation of Panagia Glykofilousa and is an amazing example of the art of Mount Athos monks. The original icon of Panagia Glykofilousa survived, according to tradition, during the iconoclasm thanks to a woman. Specifically, it is about Victoria, wife of a senator, who had the icon in her house and worshipped it secretly despite the ban.

During an investigation by iconoclasts, Victoria took the icon and went down to sea. There he worshipped her for the last time and then, devastated, threw her into the sea, hoping that thanks to a miracle she would be saved. Indeed, the icon did not sink, but stood upright and began to float on the waters until it reached the port of the Philotheou Monastery on Mount Athos.

Screen printing: Features

Screen printing is a very widespread technique in hagiography, so it is taught and used in many hagiography workshops, including those of Mount Athos. In fact, in the hagiographies created with this technique, the monks use traditional methods, which means that the hagiographer creates a large part of the hagiography by hand and with much less involvement of technology. The artificial aging of the hagiographies is also handmade, giving these works collector’s value. These are exact copies of Byzantine art, in which the charm of the old is strong. The hagiography has been crafted with excellent quality materials in natural wood, while the painted surface is covered with pure beeswax, in order to keep it intact and with bright colors.



Origin: Mount Athos

Dimensions: 20 x 33,5 x 2 cm



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Weight 0,9 kg

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