Twenty-eight prints and thirty-three photographs are part of the rich collection of the Simonopetra monastery, which currently holds the most complete collection of Athonite prints and the world’s most important collection of photographs related to Mount Athos.
The main purpose of Athonite prints was to bring Mount Athos closer to the believers throughout the Orthodox world. Due to their high price, icons painted on wood panels were normally not affordable to a wider range of social strata, while the prints from copper plates produced in many copies were easily accessible to a larger number of people, due to which they were called ‘icons for the poor’. These prints depicted Mount Athos, its monasteries and sketes, as well as religious scenes and saints.
Along with prints, the exhibition at the Residence of Princess Ljubica will feature the photographs of the portraits of Athonite monks, from those who first ventured to place themselves in front of the camera in the mid-19th century, until the present day. The photos of significant events on Mount Athos are also displayed. Particularly interesting among them are those showing the visits of Christian sovereigns from the mid-19th to the mid-20th century.