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Auction Description for Karamitsos: Byzantine Iconography - Hagiography
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Byzantine Iconography - Hagiography (18 Lots)

by Karamitsos


18 lots with images

24 October 2016

Timed Auction

Thessaloniki, Greece

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Icon of Saint Simeon “the God Receiver” on Driftwood (36 X 16 cm). Artist: Nayia Kaplanidou.

Description: Saint Simeon the God-Receiver was a just and devout man. God promised him that he would not die until the promised Messiah, Christ the Lord, came into the world. When St Simeon saw their arrival in the temple when Jesus was brought for the traditional 40 day blessing, the Holy Spirit revealed to Simeon that the baby held by the Virgin Mary was the Promised Messiah, the Savior of the world. Technique For the creation of her icons, Nayia Kaplanidou uses the authentic Byzantine technique. The various materials are all natural and are prepared and processed by the painter herself. The painting is made with egg tempera, (dry pigment colors mixed with egg-yolk and vinegar) painted upon driftwood. The painting is protected with varnish and the wood with genuine bee wax. Artist CV Nayia Kaplanidou was born in Thessaloniki in 1962. After graduating from “Anatolia” American College, she attended the School of Fine Arts in Florence, where she studied painting and preservation of art works. In 1987, she took Master classes in Byzantine Iconography in Heraklion, Crete and since then has concentrated in Iconography. In 1996, she founded the School of Greco-Byzantine Hagiography in Florence where she also taught the art of Iconography. She lived, studied and worked in Florence from 1981 until 2000. Today she lives and works in Thessaloniki. Many of her icons can be found in Catholic churches in Italy and in private collections in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. She has also worked on the preservation of frescos dating from the Middle Ages in Florence. She has held six solo exhibitions and has participated in several group exhibitions in Italy and Greece. In her Icon painting, she employs the authentic Byzantine technique using only natural materials (beeswax, Chios mastic, red clay, fish gelatin, egg yolk, powder colors e.t.c.), which she prepares herself. Her work has received many positive reviews by experts, such as Padre Lamberto Crociani and p. Pavlos Politis.

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Icon The Descent from the Cross or

Description: Mother Mary holds Jesus Crist in Her hands after His descent from the Cross. Technique For the creation of her icons, Nayia Kaplanidou uses the authentic Byzantine technique. The various materials are all natural and are prepared and processed by the painter herself. The painting is made with egg tempera, (dry pigment colors mixed with egg-yolk and vinegar) painted upon driftwood. The painting is protected with varnish and the wood with genuine bee wax. Artist CV Nayia Kaplanidou was born in Thessaloniki in 1962. After graduating from “Anatolia” American College, she attended the School of Fine Arts in Florence, where she studied painting and preservation of art works. In 1987, she took Master classes in Byzantine Iconography in Heraklion, Crete and since then has concentrated in Iconography. In 1996, she founded the School of Greco-Byzantine Hagiography in Florence where she also taught the art of Iconography. She lived, studied and worked in Florence from 1981 until 2000. Today she lives and works in Thessaloniki. Many of her icons can be found in Catholic churches in Italy and in private collections in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. She has also worked on the preservation of frescos dating from the Middle Ages in Florence. She has held six solo exhibitions and has participated in several group exhibitions in Italy and Greece. In her Icon painting, she employs the authentic Byzantine technique using only natural materials (beeswax, Chios mastic, red clay, fish gelatin, egg yolk, powder colors e.t.c.), which she prepares herself. Her work has received many positive reviews by experts, such as Padre Lamberto Crociani and p. Pavlos Politis.

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Icon of Prophet Elijah (28 X 20 cm), on Driftwood. Artist: Nayia Kaplanidou.

Description: The hermit prophet who lived in in the desert. In that scene he is waiting to receive a rusk from a raven. Technique For the creation of her icons, Nayia Kaplanidou uses the authentic Byzantine technique. The various materials are all natural and are prepared and processed by the painter herself. The painting is made with egg tempera, (dry pigment colors mixed with egg-yolk and vinegar) painted upon driftwood. The painting is protected with varnish and the wood with genuine bee wax. Artist CV Nayia Kaplanidou was born in Thessaloniki in 1962. After graduating from “Anatolia” American College, she attended the School of Fine Arts in Florence, where she studied painting and preservation of art works. In 1987, she took Master classes in Byzantine Iconography in Heraklion, Crete and since then has concentrated in Iconography. In 1996, she founded the School of Greco-Byzantine Hagiography in Florence where she also taught the art of Iconography. She lived, studied and worked in Florence from 1981 until 2000. Today she lives and works in Thessaloniki. Many of her icons can be found in Catholic churches in Italy and in private collections in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. She has also worked on the preservation of frescos dating from the Middle Ages in Florence. She has held six solo exhibitions and has participated in several group exhibitions in Italy and Greece. In her Icon painting, she employs the authentic Byzantine technique using only natural materials (beeswax, Chios mastic, red clay, fish gelatin, egg yolk, powder colors e.t.c.), which she prepares herself. Her work has received many positive reviews by experts, such as Padre Lamberto Crociani and p. Pavlos Politis.

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Icon of ENTRY OF CHRIST TO JERUSALEM  (28 Χ 17 cm), on Driftwood. Artist: Nayia Kaplanidou.

Description: Technique For the creation of her icons, Nayia Kaplanidou uses the authentic Byzantine technique. The various materials are all natural and are prepared and processed by the painter herself. The painting is made with egg tempera, (dry pigment colors mixed with egg-yolk and vinegar) painted upon driftwood. The painting is protected with varnish and the wood with genuine bee wax. Artist CV Nayia Kaplanidou was born in Thessaloniki in 1962. After graduating from “Anatolia” American College, she attended the School of Fine Arts in Florence, where she studied painting and preservation of art works. In 1987, she took Master classes in Byzantine Iconography in Heraklion, Crete and since then has concentrated in Iconography. In 1996, she founded the School of Greco-Byzantine Hagiography in Florence where she also taught the art of Iconography. She lived, studied and worked in Florence from 1981 until 2000. Today she lives and works in Thessaloniki. Many of her icons can be found in Catholic churches in Italy and in private collections in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. She has also worked on the preservation of frescos dating from the Middle Ages in Florence. She has held six solo exhibitions and has participated in several group exhibitions in Italy and Greece. In her Icon painting, she employs the authentic Byzantine technique using only natural materials (beeswax, Chios mastic, red clay, fish gelatin, egg yolk, powder colors e.t.c.), which she prepares herself. Her work has received many positive reviews by experts, such as Padre Lamberto Crociani and p. Pavlos Politis.

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Icon of Archangel Rafael (66 x 28 cm), on Driftwood. Artist: Nayia Kaplanidou.

Description: Technique For the creation of her icons, Nayia Kaplanidou uses the authentic Byzantine technique. The various materials are all natural and are prepared and processed by the painter herself. The painting is made with egg tempera, (dry pigment colors mixed with egg-yolk and vinegar) painted upon driftwood. The painting is protected with varnish and the wood with genuine bee wax. Artist CV Nayia Kaplanidou was born in Thessaloniki in 1962. After graduating from “Anatolia” American College, she attended the School of Fine Arts in Florence, where she studied painting and preservation of art works. In 1987, she took Master classes in Byzantine Iconography in Heraklion, Crete and since then has concentrated in Iconography. In 1996, she founded the School of Greco-Byzantine Hagiography in Florence where she also taught the art of Iconography. She lived, studied and worked in Florence from 1981 until 2000. Today she lives and works in Thessaloniki. Many of her icons can be found in Catholic churches in Italy and in private collections in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. She has also worked on the preservation of frescos dating from the Middle Ages in Florence. She has held six solo exhibitions and has participated in several group exhibitions in Italy and Greece. In her Icon painting, she employs the authentic Byzantine technique using only natural materials (beeswax, Chios mastic, red clay, fish gelatin, egg yolk, powder colors e.t.c.), which she prepares herself. Her work has received many positive reviews by experts, such as Padre Lamberto Crociani and p. Pavlos Politis.

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Icon of Saint John the Baptist  (31 X 15 cm), on Driftwood. Artist: Nayia Kaplanidou.

Description: Technique For the creation of her icons, Nayia Kaplanidou uses the authentic Byzantine technique. The various materials are all natural and are prepared and processed by the painter herself. The painting is made with egg tempera, (dry pigment colors mixed with egg-yolk and vinegar) painted upon driftwood. The painting is protected with varnish and the wood with genuine bee wax. Artist CV Nayia Kaplanidou was born in Thessaloniki in 1962. After graduating from “Anatolia” American College, she attended the School of Fine Arts in Florence, where she studied painting and preservation of art works. In 1987, she took Master classes in Byzantine Iconography in Heraklion, Crete and since then has concentrated in Iconography. In 1996, she founded the School of Greco-Byzantine Hagiography in Florence where she also taught the art of Iconography. She lived, studied and worked in Florence from 1981 until 2000. Today she lives and works in Thessaloniki. Many of her icons can be found in Catholic churches in Italy and in private collections in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. She has also worked on the preservation of frescos dating from the Middle Ages in Florence. She has held six solo exhibitions and has participated in several group exhibitions in Italy and Greece. In her Icon painting, she employs the authentic Byzantine technique using only natural materials (beeswax, Chios mastic, red clay, fish gelatin, egg yolk, powder colors e.t.c.), which she prepares herself. Her work has received many positive reviews by experts, such as Padre Lamberto Crociani and p. Pavlos Politis.

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Icon of Mother Mary in the scene of Annunciation. (59 x 17 cm), on Driftwood. Artist: Nayia Kaplanidou.

Description: Technique For the creation of her icons, Nayia Kaplanidou uses the authentic Byzantine technique. The various materials are all natural and are prepared and processed by the painter herself. The painting is made with egg tempera, (dry pigment colors mixed with egg-yolk and vinegar) painted upon driftwood. The painting is protected with varnish and the wood with genuine bee wax. Artist CV Nayia Kaplanidou was born in Thessaloniki in 1962. After graduating from “Anatolia” American College, she attended the School of Fine Arts in Florence, where she studied painting and preservation of art works. In 1987, she took Master classes in Byzantine Iconography in Heraklion, Crete and since then has concentrated in Iconography. In 1996, she founded the School of Greco-Byzantine Hagiography in Florence where she also taught the art of Iconography. She lived, studied and worked in Florence from 1981 until 2000. Today she lives and works in Thessaloniki. Many of her icons can be found in Catholic churches in Italy and in private collections in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. She has also worked on the preservation of frescos dating from the Middle Ages in Florence. She has held six solo exhibitions and has participated in several group exhibitions in Italy and Greece. In her Icon painting, she employs the authentic Byzantine technique using only natural materials (beeswax, Chios mastic, red clay, fish gelatin, egg yolk, powder colors e.t.c.), which she prepares herself. Her work has received many positive reviews by experts, such as Padre Lamberto Crociani and p. Pavlos Politis.

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Icon of Saint Fanourios (55 X 17 cm), on Driftwood. Artist: Nayia Kaplanidou.

Description: Technique For the creation of her icons, Nayia Kaplanidou uses the authentic Byzantine technique. The various materials are all natural and are prepared and processed by the painter herself. The painting is made with egg tempera, (dry pigment colors mixed with egg-yolk and vinegar) painted upon driftwood. The painting is protected with varnish and the wood with genuine bee wax. Artist CV Nayia Kaplanidou was born in Thessaloniki in 1962. After graduating from “Anatolia” American College, she attended the School of Fine Arts in Florence, where she studied painting and preservation of art works. In 1987, she took Master classes in Byzantine Iconography in Heraklion, Crete and since then has concentrated in Iconography. In 1996, she founded the School of Greco-Byzantine Hagiography in Florence where she also taught the art of Iconography. She lived, studied and worked in Florence from 1981 until 2000. Today she lives and works in Thessaloniki. Many of her icons can be found in Catholic churches in Italy and in private collections in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. She has also worked on the preservation of frescos dating from the Middle Ages in Florence. She has held six solo exhibitions and has participated in several group exhibitions in Italy and Greece. In her Icon painting, she employs the authentic Byzantine technique using only natural materials (beeswax, Chios mastic, red clay, fish gelatin, egg yolk, powder colors e.t.c.), which she prepares herself. Her work has received many positive reviews by experts, such as Padre Lamberto Crociani and p. Pavlos Politis.

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Icon of Jesus Christ

Description: Technique of Iconography For the creation of her icons, Nayia Kaplanidou uses the authentic Byzantine technique. The various materials are all natural and are prepared and processed by the painter herself. Preparation: To make the wood of the icon a stable surface for the painting, she glues a cotton canvas onto its surface. Then she proceeds with the traditional priming made with gypsum and rabbit skin glue. Gilding: For the gilding she uses genuine gold leaves and for their application she uses bole past mixed with fish gelatin. Finally, the gold surface gets burnished with agate stone. Painting: For the painting she uses dry pigment colors mixed with egg yolk and vinegar (egg tempera). Varnish: The varnish of the painting is made with Chios mastic. As for the wood of the icon, it is protected and polished with genuine bee wax. Artist CV Nayia Kaplanidou was born in Thessaloniki in 1962. After graduating from “Anatolia” American College, she attended the School of Fine Arts in Florence, where she studied painting and preservation of art works. In 1987, she took Master classes in Byzantine Iconography in Heraklion, Crete and since then has concentrated in Iconography. In 1996, she founded the School of Greco-Byzantine Hagiography in Florence where she also taught the art of Iconography. She lived, studied and worked in Florence from 1981 until 2000. Today she lives and works in Thessaloniki. Many of her icons can be found in Catholic churches in Italy and in private collections in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. She has also worked on the preservation of frescos dating from the Middle Ages in Florence. She has held six solo exhibitions and has participated in several group exhibitions in Italy and Greece. In her Icon painting, she employs the authentic Byzantine technique using only natural materials (beeswax, Chios mastic, red clay, fish gelatin, egg yolk, powder colors e.t.c.), which she prepares herself. Her work has received many positive reviews by experts, such as Padre Lamberto Crociani and p. Pavlos Politis.

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Icon of Jesus Christ Pantocrator. Painted on an almost 80-years old wood (35 X 22 cm). Artist: Nayia Kaplanidou.

Description: Technique of Iconography For the creation of her icons, Nayia Kaplanidou uses the authentic Byzantine technique. The various materials are all natural and are prepared and processed by the painter herself. Preparation: To make the wood of the icon a stable surface for the painting, she glues a cotton canvas onto its surface. Then she proceeds with the traditional priming made with gypsum and rabbit skin glue. Gilding: For the gilding she uses genuine gold leaves and for their application she uses bole past mixed with fish gelatin. Finally, the gold surface gets burnished with agate stone. Painting: For the painting she uses dry pigment colors mixed with egg yolk and vinegar (egg tempera). Varnish: The varnish of the painting is made with Chios mastic. As for the wood of the icon, it is protected and polished with genuine bee wax. Artist CV Nayia Kaplanidou was born in Thessaloniki in 1962. After graduating from “Anatolia” American College, she attended the School of Fine Arts in Florence, where she studied painting and preservation of art works. In 1987, she took Master classes in Byzantine Iconography in Heraklion, Crete and since then has concentrated in Iconography. In 1996, she founded the School of Greco-Byzantine Hagiography in Florence where she also taught the art of Iconography. She lived, studied and worked in Florence from 1981 until 2000. Today she lives and works in Thessaloniki. Many of her icons can be found in Catholic churches in Italy and in private collections in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. She has also worked on the preservation of frescos dating from the Middle Ages in Florence. She has held six solo exhibitions and has participated in several group exhibitions in Italy and Greece. In her Icon painting, she employs the authentic Byzantine technique using only natural materials (beeswax, Chios mastic, red clay, fish gelatin, egg yolk, powder colors e.t.c.), which she prepares herself. Her work has received many positive reviews by experts, such as Padre Lamberto Crociani and p. Pavlos Politis.

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Icon of “THE MYSTICAL SUPPER” OR “THE LAST SUPPER” (49 X 71 cm). Artist: Nayia Kaplanidou.

Description: The icon of the Last Supper depicts the last meal of Christ with his disciples in the 'Upper Room' before his arrest. Christ is the central figure at the table. The chalice on the table contains the Precious Blood of Christ. Technique of Iconography For the creation of her icons, Nayia Kaplanidou uses the authentic Byzantine technique. The various materials are all natural and are prepared and processed by the painter herself. Preparation: To make the wood of the icon a stable surface for the painting, she glues a cotton canvas onto its surface. Then she proceeds with the traditional priming made with gypsum and rabbit skin glue. Gilding: For the gilding she uses genuine gold leaves and for their application she uses bole past mixed with fish gelatin. Finally, the gold surface gets burnished with agate stone. Painting: For the painting she uses dry pigment colors mixed with egg yolk and vinegar (egg tempera). Varnish: The varnish of the painting is made with Chios mastic. As for the wood of the icon, it is protected and polished with genuine bee wax. Artist CV Nayia Kaplanidou was born in Thessaloniki in 1962. After graduating from “Anatolia” American College, she attended the School of Fine Arts in Florence, where she studied painting and preservation of art works. In 1987, she took Master classes in Byzantine Iconography in Heraklion, Crete and since then has concentrated in Iconography. In 1996, she founded the School of Greco-Byzantine Hagiography in Florence where she also taught the art of Iconography. She lived, studied and worked in Florence from 1981 until 2000. Today she lives and works in Thessaloniki. Many of her icons can be found in Catholic churches in Italy and in private collections in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. She has also worked on the preservation of frescos dating from the Middle Ages in Florence. She has held six solo exhibitions and has participated in several group exhibitions in Italy and Greece. In her Icon painting, she employs the authentic Byzantine technique using only natural materials (beeswax, Chios mastic, red clay, fish gelatin, egg yolk, powder colors e.t.c.), which she prepares herself. Her work has received many positive reviews by experts, such as Padre Lamberto Crociani and p. Pavlos Politis.

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Icon of Theotokos

Description: The style of Theotokos Odegetria is an iconographic depiction of the Most Holy and Virgin Theotokos holding Christ like baby at her side while pointing Him as the source of our salvation. Technique of Iconography For the creation of her icons, Nayia Kaplanidou uses the authentic Byzantine technique. The various materials are all natural and are prepared and processed by the painter herself. Preparation: To make the wood of the icon a stable surface for the painting, she glues a cotton canvas onto its surface. Then she proceeds with the traditional priming made with gypsum and rabbit skin glue. Gilding: For the gilding she uses genuine gold leaves and for their application she uses bole past mixed with fish gelatin. Finally, the gold surface gets burnished with agate stone. Painting: For the painting she uses dry pigment colors mixed with egg yolk and vinegar (egg tempera). Varnish: The varnish of the painting is made with Chios mastic. As for the wood of the icon, it is protected and polished with genuine bee wax. Artist CV Nayia Kaplanidou was born in Thessaloniki in 1962. After graduating from “Anatolia” American College, she attended the School of Fine Arts in Florence, where she studied painting and preservation of art works. In 1987, she took Master classes in Byzantine Iconography in Heraklion, Crete and since then has concentrated in Iconography. In 1996, she founded the School of Greco-Byzantine Hagiography in Florence where she also taught the art of Iconography. She lived, studied and worked in Florence from 1981 until 2000. Today she lives and works in Thessaloniki. Many of her icons can be found in Catholic churches in Italy and in private collections in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. She has also worked on the preservation of frescos dating from the Middle Ages in Florence. She has held six solo exhibitions and has participated in several group exhibitions in Italy and Greece. In her Icon painting, she employs the authentic Byzantine technique using only natural materials (beeswax, Chios mastic, red clay, fish gelatin, egg yolk, powder colors e.t.c.), which she prepares herself. Her work has received many positive reviews by experts, such as Padre Lamberto Crociani and p. Pavlos Politis.

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Icon of Theotokos Glykophilousa : the

Description: Panagia is holding the Christ Child on her right arm, while with her other arm she presents him to the viewer, beseeching him to save mankind. The Christ Child is tenderly embracing his mother, resting his cheek on hers. This type of icon where the two faces are touching, cheek to cheek, is known as the Glykophilousa. It presents the Theotokos in her capacity as mother, while also symbolizing her as the mother of God. We know she is listened to, by her Son and is an intercessor and protector of all mankind. Technique of Iconography For the creation of her icons, Nayia Kaplanidou uses the authentic Byzantine technique. The various materials are all natural and are prepared and processed by the painter herself. Preparation: To make the wood of the icon a stable surface for the painting, she glues a cotton canvas onto its surface. Then she proceeds with the traditional priming made with gypsum and rabbit skin glue. Gilding: For the gilding she uses genuine gold leaves and for their application she uses bole past mixed with fish gelatin. Finally, the gold surface gets burnished with agate stone. Painting: For the painting she uses dry pigment colors mixed with egg yolk and vinegar (egg tempera). Varnish: The varnish of the painting is made with Chios mastic. As for the wood of the icon, it is protected and polished with genuine bee wax. Artist CV Nayia Kaplanidou was born in Thessaloniki in 1962. After graduating from “Anatolia” American College, she attended the School of Fine Arts in Florence, where she studied painting and preservation of art works. In 1987, she took Master classes in Byzantine Iconography in Heraklion, Crete and since then has concentrated in Iconography. In 1996, she founded the School of Greco-Byzantine Hagiography in Florence where she also taught the art of Iconography. She lived, studied and worked in Florence from 1981 until 2000. Today she lives and works in Thessaloniki. Many of her icons can be found in Catholic churches in Italy and in private collections in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. She has also worked on the preservation of frescos dating from the Middle Ages in Florence. She has held six solo exhibitions and has participated in several group exhibitions in Italy and Greece. In her Icon painting, she employs the authentic Byzantine technique using only natural materials (beeswax, Chios mastic, red clay, fish gelatin, egg yolk, powder colors e.t.c.), which she prepares herself. Her work has received many positive reviews by experts, such as Padre Lamberto Crociani and p. Pavlos Politis.

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Icon of Mother Mary and Saint Catherine (35 x 24 cm). Artist: Nayia Kaplanidou.

Description: Technique of Iconography For the creation of her icons, Nayia Kaplanidou uses the authentic Byzantine technique. The various materials are all natural and are prepared and processed by the painter herself. Preparation: To make the wood of the icon a stable surface for the painting, she glues a cotton canvas onto its surface. Then she proceeds with the traditional priming made with gypsum and rabbit skin glue. Gilding: For the gilding she uses genuine gold leaves and for their application she uses bole past mixed with fish gelatin. Finally, the gold surface gets burnished with agate stone. Painting: For the painting she uses dry pigment colors mixed with egg yolk and vinegar (egg tempera). Varnish: The varnish of the painting is made with Chios mastic. As for the wood of the icon, it is protected and polished with genuine bee wax. Artist CV Nayia Kaplanidou was born in Thessaloniki in 1962. After graduating from “Anatolia” American College, she attended the School of Fine Arts in Florence, where she studied painting and preservation of art works. In 1987, she took Master classes in Byzantine Iconography in Heraklion, Crete and since then has concentrated in Iconography. In 1996, she founded the School of Greco-Byzantine Hagiography in Florence where she also taught the art of Iconography. She lived, studied and worked in Florence from 1981 until 2000. Today she lives and works in Thessaloniki. Many of her icons can be found in Catholic churches in Italy and in private collections in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. She has also worked on the preservation of frescos dating from the Middle Ages in Florence. She has held six solo exhibitions and has participated in several group exhibitions in Italy and Greece. In her Icon painting, she employs the authentic Byzantine technique using only natural materials (beeswax, Chios mastic, red clay, fish gelatin, egg yolk, powder colors e.t.c.), which she prepares herself. Her work has received many positive reviews by experts, such as Padre Lamberto Crociani and p. Pavlos Politis.

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Icon of Saint George (50 X 40 cm). Artist: Nayia Kaplanidou.

Description: Saint George killing the dragon and rescuing a princess. The symbolism is the killing of the evil by the Saint. Technique of Iconography For the creation of her icons, Nayia Kaplanidou uses the authentic Byzantine technique. The various materials are all natural and are prepared and processed by the painter herself. Preparation: To make the wood of the icon a stable surface for the painting, she glues a cotton canvas onto its surface. Then she proceeds with the traditional priming made with gypsum and rabbit skin glue. Gilding: For the gilding she uses genuine gold leaves and for their application she uses bole past mixed with fish gelatin. Finally, the gold surface gets burnished with agate stone. Painting: For the painting she uses dry pigment colors mixed with egg yolk and vinegar (egg tempera). Varnish: The varnish of the painting is made with Chios mastic. As for the wood of the icon, it is protected and polished with genuine bee wax. Artist CV Nayia Kaplanidou was born in Thessaloniki in 1962. After graduating from “Anatolia” American College, she attended the School of Fine Arts in Florence, where she studied painting and preservation of art works. In 1987, she took Master classes in Byzantine Iconography in Heraklion, Crete and since then has concentrated in Iconography. In 1996, she founded the School of Greco-Byzantine Hagiography in Florence where she also taught the art of Iconography. She lived, studied and worked in Florence from 1981 until 2000. Today she lives and works in Thessaloniki. Many of her icons can be found in Catholic churches in Italy and in private collections in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. She has also worked on the preservation of frescos dating from the Middle Ages in Florence. She has held six solo exhibitions and has participated in several group exhibitions in Italy and Greece. In her Icon painting, she employs the authentic Byzantine technique using only natural materials (beeswax, Chios mastic, red clay, fish gelatin, egg yolk, powder colors e.t.c.), which she prepares herself. Her work has received many positive reviews by experts, such as Padre Lamberto Crociani and p. Pavlos Politis.

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Icon of Saint John the Baptist (78 X 40 cm). Painted on an almost 80-years old wood. Artist: Nayia Kaplanidou.

Description: The winged figure of St. John in a tender dialog with the spirit of Jesus Crist. Technique of Iconography For the creation of her icons, Nayia Kaplanidou uses the authentic Byzantine technique. The various materials are all natural and are prepared and processed by the painter herself. Preparation: To make the wood of the icon a stable surface for the painting, she glues a cotton canvas onto its surface. Then she proceeds with the traditional priming made with gypsum and rabbit skin glue. Gilding: For the gilding she uses genuine gold leaves and for their application she uses bole past mixed with fish gelatin. Finally, the gold surface gets burnished with agate stone. Painting: For the painting she uses dry pigment colors mixed with egg yolk and vinegar (egg tempera). Varnish: The varnish of the painting is made with Chios mastic. As for the wood of the icon, it is protected and polished with genuine bee wax. Artist CV Nayia Kaplanidou was born in Thessaloniki in 1962. After graduating from “Anatolia” American College, she attended the School of Fine Arts in Florence, where she studied painting and preservation of art works. In 1987, she took Master classes in Byzantine Iconography in Heraklion, Crete and since then has concentrated in Iconography. In 1996, she founded the School of Greco-Byzantine Hagiography in Florence where she also taught the art of Iconography. She lived, studied and worked in Florence from 1981 until 2000. Today she lives and works in Thessaloniki. Many of her icons can be found in Catholic churches in Italy and in private collections in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. She has also worked on the preservation of frescos dating from the Middle Ages in Florence. She has held six solo exhibitions and has participated in several group exhibitions in Italy and Greece. In her Icon painting, she employs the authentic Byzantine technique using only natural materials (beeswax, Chios mastic, red clay, fish gelatin, egg yolk, powder colors e.t.c.), which she prepares herself. Her work has received many positive reviews by experts, such as Padre Lamberto Crociani and p. Pavlos Politis.

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Icon of Saint John the Baptist (deisis) (25 x 19 cm). Artist: Nayia Kaplanidou.

Description: Technique of Iconography For the creation of her icons, Nayia Kaplanidou uses the authentic Byzantine technique. The various materials are all natural and are prepared and processed by the painter herself. Preparation: To make the wood of the icon a stable surface for the painting, she glues a cotton canvas onto its surface. Then she proceeds with the traditional priming made with gypsum and rabbit skin glue. Gilding: For the gilding she uses genuine gold leaves and for their application she uses bole past mixed with fish gelatin. Finally, the gold surface gets burnished with agate stone. Painting: For the painting she uses dry pigment colors mixed with egg yolk and vinegar (egg tempera). Varnish: The varnish of the painting is made with Chios mastic. As for the wood of the icon, it is protected and polished with genuine bee wax. Artist CV Nayia Kaplanidou was born in Thessaloniki in 1962. After graduating from “Anatolia” American College, she attended the School of Fine Arts in Florence, where she studied painting and preservation of art works. In 1987, she took Master classes in Byzantine Iconography in Heraklion, Crete and since then has concentrated in Iconography. In 1996, she founded the School of Greco-Byzantine Hagiography in Florence where she also taught the art of Iconography. She lived, studied and worked in Florence from 1981 until 2000. Today she lives and works in Thessaloniki. Many of her icons can be found in Catholic churches in Italy and in private collections in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. She has also worked on the preservation of frescos dating from the Middle Ages in Florence. She has held six solo exhibitions and has participated in several group exhibitions in Italy and Greece. In her Icon painting, she employs the authentic Byzantine technique using only natural materials (beeswax, Chios mastic, red clay, fish gelatin, egg yolk, powder colors e.t.c.), which she prepares herself. Her work has received many positive reviews by experts, such as Padre Lamberto Crociani and p. Pavlos Politis.

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Icon of Prophet Elijah. Painted on an almost 80-years old wood (30 X 21 cm). Artist: Nayia Kaplanidou.

Description: The hermit prophet who lived in in the desert. In that scene he is waiting to receive a rusk from a raven. Technique of Iconography For the creation of her icons, Nayia Kaplanidou uses the authentic Byzantine technique. The various materials are all natural and are prepared and processed by the painter herself. Preparation: To make the wood of the icon a stable surface for the painting, she glues a cotton canvas onto its surface. Then she proceeds with the traditional priming made with gypsum and rabbit skin glue. Gilding: For the gilding she uses genuine gold leaves and for their application she uses bole past mixed with fish gelatin. Finally, the gold surface gets burnished with agate stone. Painting: For the painting she uses dry pigment colors mixed with egg yolk and vinegar (egg tempera). Varnish: The varnish of the painting is made with Chios mastic. As for the wood of the icon, it is protected and polished with genuine bee wax. Artist CV Nayia Kaplanidou was born in Thessaloniki in 1962. After graduating from “Anatolia” American College, she attended the School of Fine Arts in Florence, where she studied painting and preservation of art works. In 1987, she took Master classes in Byzantine Iconography in Heraklion, Crete and since then has concentrated in Iconography. In 1996, she founded the School of Greco-Byzantine Hagiography in Florence where she also taught the art of Iconography. She lived, studied and worked in Florence from 1981 until 2000. Today she lives and works in Thessaloniki. Many of her icons can be found in Catholic churches in Italy and in private collections in Italy and elsewhere in Europe. She has also worked on the preservation of frescos dating from the Middle Ages in Florence. She has held six solo exhibitions and has participated in several group exhibitions in Italy and Greece. In her Icon painting, she employs the authentic Byzantine technique using only natural materials (beeswax, Chios mastic, red clay, fish gelatin, egg yolk, powder colors e.t.c.), which she prepares herself. Her work has received many positive reviews by experts, such as Padre Lamberto Crociani and p. Pavlos Politis.

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