Contemporary byzantine art - Icon of St Mamas (St Mammes) Child Saint frm Cappadocia painted tetrachromy

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St Mamas (Mammes) with his hair looking like a lion's mane - a study of a medieval fresco of the 11th century that looked so fresh and contemporary to my eyes- The prototype is  found on the Church of Agia Varvara, in Latziana village of Kissamos in the beautiful perfecture of Chania, here on Crete.

This byzantine icon  is drawn with the traditional egg tempera techique on a plastered wooden panel that was made on our workshop - Additionally I worked with tetrachromy (the anciente greek four colour pallette0 Added all the colours -and first layers on face with ochre, rouge anglais black and white.

After painting, the icon is covered with an organic dye named shellac and varnished (this one has the traditional mixture of wax and resin) to seal the colors and produce an artwork that will last.

The icon measures 19x25 cm

Finally the icon comes tenderly protected in its individual bag, together with its instructions how to care for it, a little sachet of herbs from our garden in Crete -and our custom icon favors - Ready to be used as a gift