Saint George and Xenophontos Monastery on Mount Athos

Saint George and Xenophontos Monastery on Mount Athos
  • Code:  ΒΧει 127
  • Type:  Engraving
  • Chronology:  1833
  • Dimensions:  : Height 48.5 cm; length 34.5 cm
  • Materials of Construction:  Paper; tempera
  • Origin:  Dori Papastratou collection

This colored engraving was made and printed in 1798, by Nicephoros, a monk and painter from Karpenissi. Saint George is depicted killing the dragon; moreover, there is a view of the Xenophontos Monastery, whose patron Saint is Saint George.

Several additional elements placed in the angles frame the central composition; on top right Christ blessing the Great Martyr George, before crowning him; on the left Saint Marina praying with a cross in her hand. The engraving is among the first ones made on Mount Athos in late 18th century; their massive production was to follow in the first decades of 19th century.