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Artifacts; Original Drawings, Paintings, Icons, Calligraphy;
This object was both dry and damp cleaned according to directions from a conservation expert when it was received at Clemens Library.
This original work is a painting adhered to a flat, rectangular solid wood panel. Both painting and panel have been gouged to give the contemporary work an antique look and suggest a rugged past. The painting portrays a three-quarter length figure representing Jesus Christ, Giver of Safety. The figure is identified by the Greek abbreviations IC XC inscribed in the red field behind him, and the smaller inscription to the viewer’s right of the figure. Christ is clothed in a red chiton (inner garment) with a blue-green-gold himation (outer garment) and gold clavus over his right shoulder. He stands and faces the viewer with a serene but penetrating gaze. He raises his right hand in a gesture of benediction or teaching. He balances a large Gospel book on his thigh and holds it open with his left hand. The pages are inscribed with legible Greek text that begins, “I am the light of the world…”
This figure has been painted on a thin layer of fabric, prepared with gesso, and adhered to the panel face.
The artist has signed the work on the face of the panel, below the open Gospel book.
Unpainted portions of the panel are stained dark brown. At the top center of the panel back there is a leather loop stapled to board for hanging.
On the back of the panel there is a damaged seal that would have said “Hand Made Pefkis”. There is also a printed label that reads: “Certificate” followed by a statement of authenticity in Greek, English, German and Italian: “Exact copy of the strict Byzantine style. (Cretan School—Theophanis), created by Father “Pefkis”, qualified hagiographer of the Athoniados Ecclesiastical Academy in Agion Oros at Athos, with the genuine traditional colours with gold sheets on canvas on aged wood.”
See http://www.pefkis.com.gr/en/start.html .