Save Our Culture Heritage ! It Belongs To All of Us !

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In a church on the Princes’ Islands of Istanbul, a masterpiece and treasure of Byzantium was waiting to be discovered.

It was a rare portable icon of the Virgin Mary Eleousa, which had the peculiarity that on its reverse side it featured another painted icon of the same time period, "hidden" for over a century in a heavy metal box, kept in the Church of Virgin Mary Eleousa on Büyükada/Pringipos.

In the summer of 2021, the team from the laboratories for the conservation and restoration of historical artworks and antiquities "VENIS STUDIOS" found itself before this special spectacle when its founders, Venizelos G. Gavrilakis and Vaia A. Karagianni, were asked to remove the silver revetment that covered the icon of the Virgin Mary, in order to conserve it. The removal of the silver revetment, which dated back to 1750, revealed a unique 16th-century icon of Panagia Eleousa (Virgin Mary Eleousa), while the removal of the old bronze box on its back revealed a second unique Byzantine-period icon, The Descent into Hades.

The icon, particularly affected by the passage of centuries, wars, and human negligence, was submitted with respect and special attention to phases of physico-chemical work carried out in collaboration with the Greek foundation "Ormylia" in order to study its stratigraphy, and identify the pigments, the gold leaf, and the other construction materials. The goal was the study of the technique, the pigments, and the verification of the exact dating of the icon. In addition, phases of special photography and special conservation tests were made by the conservation team, in order initially to carry out the urgent conservation treatment, and secondly the proper conservation and restoration treatment for saving the icon.

We do get paid a stipend, project payment, materials, equipment, expert personnel, examination, research, rents, taxes, etc. From our clients who usually come from museums, private art collectors, church,restoration interested parties etc.

However, these do not always cover the entire cost of conservation &restoration project .

The reasons are because there are low fundraising from our clients, and any private owner of those important artworks .

  • Support our action for the rescue of our cultural heritage so we can continue our high-quality scientific approach to artwork restoration and conservation.

  • All historical artwork and monuments should be given the opportunity to be saved in a proper, scientific manner, and, in this way, we can all benefit from our precious cultural heritage.
  • BY SAVING OUR PAST, WE BUILD A BETER FUTURE FOR US AND ALL FUTURE GENERATIONS.

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  • Prashant Srivastava
  • Donated on Apr 09, 2023
  • Good luck.

€10.00
  • Mustafa Coban
  • Donated on Mar 30, 2023
€10.00
  • Dirk Niggemann
  • Donated on Mar 30, 2023
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4 donors
  • Prashant Srivastava
  • Donated on Apr 09, 2023
  • Good luck.

€10.00
  • Mustafa Coban
  • Donated on Mar 30, 2023
€10.00
  • Dirk Niggemann
  • Donated on Mar 30, 2023
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  • Sapphire Eagle
  • Donated on Mar 30, 2023
  • Wish you tremendous luck and I hope your continued success grows with each incredible artefact you perform miracles on to resurrect and bring back to life for future generations to enjoy.

€25.00

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