The most dramatic scene which marks the culmination of sorrow in the easter week- The deposition from the Cross or The Lament of Theotokos (Pieta).
There is a vast tradition connected to this moment that spreads throughout Christianity. In the Orthodox Church we chant special hymns on the evening of the Great Holy Friday. The Greek people have really embraced this tradition.
Within the Greek Psyche, on this very day, Theotokos (Panagia) is not only the mother of God but takes the place of every mother that has ever lost an offspring. There is the tradition of Carols being sung on the morning of the same day with the lamentation (moiroloi) of Panagia.
The materials I used for the byzantine icon from the circle of the Passion of Christ
- I made the painting with eggtempera on a carved on the sides (to create a border) wooden panel
- I ve gessoed just the parts where the figures and left the wooden board obvious
- Eggtempera and copper gold have covered the surface
- While shellac and varnish have sealed the colors to produce an artifact that will last
The icon comes wrapped as a gift in its own hand made bag with some extras from our shop