SAINT XENIA OF KALAMATA
Icon with water-gilding on linden wood. Icon painting that employs the most suitable colors and application of egg-tempera paints. Water-gilding with gold leaf 24K.
From a young age, Saint Xenia adorned her soul with fasting, chastity, silence, regular prayer, modesty in speech, tears and vigils. Additionally, she would help the poor, widows and orphans with all her power. Remaining steadfast in her faith until the end, she was beheaded. Her memory is honoured on the 3rd of May.
Icon with water-gilding on natural linden wood. The wood has been prepared in heat and gilded with gold leaf 24K, in accordance with traditional Byzantine techniques. The icon has been painted with egg-tempera paints for best performance and endurance of colors used. The colors were chosen based on studies and analyses of older icons by renowned iconographers, after ARTIS had first conducted conservation treatments on them.
Saint Xenia was born in Kalamata of the Peloponnese in 291 AD. From a young age, Xenia adorned her soul with fasting, chastity, silence, regular prayer, modesty in speech, tears and vigils. Additionally, she would help the poor, widows and orphans with all her power. The eparch of Kalamata, Dometian, upon meeting her by chance, was dazzled by her beauty and desired to make her his wife. Xenia sternly refused to change her faith and become the wife of a pagan prince. Then, Dometian had her put to horrible torture. When he saw that she should would not change her mind, he ultimately had her beheaded in 318 AD. Her memory is honoured on the 3rd of May.
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