This 14th century icon depicts Saint Demetrios (or Demetrius), an early Christian martyr and important military saint.æ
St. Demetrios was born in Thessaloniki in the third century. He was a soldier in the Roman army and exhibited every Christian virtue. During the persecution of the emperor Diocletian, Demetrios was imprisoned. While in prison he spoke of his faith in Christ to everyone who would listen. St. Demetrius was martyred in the year 296. It was discovered that his relics miraculously emitted holy myrrh (sweet-smelling oil), and a church was built over his grave. The church suffered destructive fires over the centuries, but it was always rebuilt and the Hagios Demetrios church remains in Thessaloniki to this day.
The Legacy board is made of durable MDF and has a wooden veneer on the back. Each board is cut and sanded in our shop by our woodworkers. The corners are routed and a keyhole is placed in the back for easy hanging.
Our prints are made in a controlled lab environment, using a special process which took over a decade to perfect. Finally, a series of custom sealants protect the image from fading, sun damage, and ozone by forming a barrier to outside elements.
Unlike other icon duplications, our prints have been environmentally-tested to resist degradation and fading for over 80 years, and in many cases well beyond 100. We do not laminate our icons, as lamination has unpredictable results for image stability. Our mission is to create timeless icons that will last, so you will only have to purchase them once.