This captivating, Byzantine Christian Orthodox Icon of Our Most Holy Lady Theotokos, Ever Virgin Mary, Theotokos the Guide is an original painting- entirely hand written using traditional techniques. The beatific Theotokos-Hodighitria icon originated in 16c Crete, & this 20C depiction was created in much the same way; powdered stone pigments & mixture of egg yolk and vinegar (tempera)on an artist-selected, old wood plank, which has been carved to a framed form as palette. This example resembles the work of Plamen Kazakov, a renowned 20C & contemporary master of Byzantine Christian Orthodox Icon writings. As is typical, no artist signature is present in this highly devotional, traditional icon ‘writing’. Overall condition is excellent -w/vibrant color, detail & depth of icon image. Some age commensurate dulling of gilt on outer frame. No cracks or damage to wood or any detractions of note to the wonderful imagery. This is a fine, quite large format icon of excellent quality & appearance.
Dimensions: H 17” x W 13.5” x D 1"
Materials: tempera, gold leaf (23kt), old wood hand-selected by the iconographer, varnish
Technique: egg tempera, gilding, wood carving
Brief insight to some symbolic elements of this Icon; Most Holy Mother Theotokos-Ever Virgin Mary, the Guide: https://iconreader.wordpress.com/2010/07/07/icons-of-the-mother-of-god/
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