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Η ΕΙΚΟΝΑ ΜΗ ΜΟΥ ΑΠΤΟΥ ΑΠΟ ΤΗΝ ΑΓΙΑ ΚΥΡΙΑΚΗ ΧΩΡΑΣ ΜΥΚΟΝΟΥ

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ΧΡΥΣΑΝΘΗ ΣΑΚΕΛΛΑΚΟΥ
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Abstract


The “Noli Me Tangere” icon described in this paper is to be found on the SE wall of the church of Aghia Kyriaki Khoras on the island of Mykonos. Its original provenance is unknown; it was brought to its present location sometime between 1965 and 1982, perhaps for safekeeping. In 2009 it underwent treatment at the restoration facilities of the 2nd Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities.

The icon depicts the meeting between Jesus and Mary Magdalene after the Resurrection. Stylistic analysis and comparison to other works with a similar subject shows that the icon dates probably from the early part of the sixteenth century and was the work of a rather competent artist belonging to the Cretan school.

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In this year… There also arrived the emissaries sent by Karoulos and Pope Leo to the most pious Irene asking her to marry Karoulos and so unite the eastern and western parts.

C. Mango – R. Scott, The Chronicle of Theophanes Confessor, Oxford 1997, p. 654

 

This “Union” of Byzantine East and Latin West might possibly have been realized, if all had gone well with the betrothal of Empress Irene the Athenian to the Frankish king Charles the Great, which the royal and papal emissaries from the West seem to have attempted to conclude in 802. However, the discussions with these emissaries merely precipitated the overthrow of Irene…

Aik. Christofilopoulou, Byzantine History, v. II1 (610-847), Athens 1984, p. 150