Hand Painted Byzantine Orthodox Icon Of The Savior, Image NOT MADE By HANDS/ Iconographer Nun Calopia/ 24K Gold Leaf/ Egg Tempera

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Hand-Painted Byzantine Orthodox Icon Of The Savior, Image NOT MADE By HANDS, painted in a Romanian Orthodox monastery by iconographer Nun Calopia

Materials: Natural Pigments, MDF Wood Board, 24K Gold Leaf, Varnish

Size of the Icon: A4 11.7x8.3 inches/ 29,7x21 cm, Thickness 1 inch/ 2.5 cm.

<...strong>Technique: Egg Tempera technique, Hand Painted

History of the icon

This is one of the earliest icons that the Church has. The feast of this icon is celebrated on 16 August. The story in brief: at the same time as Christ lived, Abgar, a ruler in the Syrian city of Edessa, was afflicted with leprosy. Although he had not seen the Lord, Abgar believed in Him and wrote a letter asking Christ to come and heal him. Abgar sent his court painter, Ananias, to Palestine with the letter, asking him to paint an image of the Divine Teacher. But Ananias, for various reasons, was unable to fulfill his duty. The Lord called Ananias and promised to send his disciple to heal Abgar of his leprosy and to teach him about salvation. Then the Lord asked for water and a towel. He wiped his face with the towel, and on it was his divine image. The Saviour sent the towel and a letter back to Edessa with Ananias. Abgar received the sacred objects and began to heal. He continued healing until the arrival of the disciple Thaddeus, Apostle of the 70. The apostle preached the gospel and baptized Abgar and all the people of Edessa. Abgar decorated it and placed it above the gates of the city. For many years it was venerated by those who passed through the gates. There are several traditions about the fate of the image. It could have been carried away by the crusaders whose ship sank at sea, or it could have been taken to Genoa around 1362, where it was given and kept in a monastery dedicated to the Apostle Bartholomew. There are many icons of the image of the Saviour not made by hands.

Technical details:

• Icon painted in a Romanian Orthodox monastery by Nun Petronia;
• Excellence quality hand-painted icon;
• Natural pigments;
• 24K gilded and varnished;
• Icon painted on MDF Wood Board.

The uniqueness of an icon:

• This image of Our Lord is called “acheiropoieton” ( made without hands – Medieval Greek)
• The term is also used for icons that are only regarded as normal human copies of a miraculously created original archetype.
• The belief that such images existed played an important role in the conservatism of iconographic traditions

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