Russian Orthodox Hand Painted Icon SAINT NICHOLAS with Jesus and Virgin Mary

SKU: IC010

$ 395

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Hand Painted Byzantine Orthodox Icon of the Saint Nicholas of Myra, painted in a Romanian Orthodox monastery by nun Perpetua

Materials: Natural Pigments, MDF Wood Board, 24K Gold Leaf, Varnish

Size of the Icon: A4 11.7x8.3 inches/ 29,7x21 cm, Thickness 1 inch/ 2.5 cm.

Technique:...strong> Egg Tempera technique, Hand Painted

History of the icon

St. Nicholas is the most venerated saint in the world. He was born in Patara, one of the main cities of Lycia, in the southwest of Turkey, around 255 A.D. He was elected Bishop of Myra (now Demre), attended the Council of Nicaea (325), and died there a few days later. He is widely known for his many miracles. He even resurrected three children who had been torn to pieces by a murderer. Saint Nicholas is called the "worker of miracles".

The iconography of Saint Nicholas as a praying man was established between the fourth and sixth centuries. It was only later that the image of the full-bodied saint with the Gospel book and in the act of blessing appeared. The oldest icon depicting the saint, preserved in the Monastery of St Catherine on Mount Sinai, dates from between the 7th and 8th centuries. Hagiographic icons appeared between the 12th and 13th centuries. The most important example is the icon from the second half of the 13th century (fig. 10) in the Pinacoteca Provinciale "Corrado Giaquinto" in Bari. Saint Nicholas is the patron saint of children, coopers, travelers, sailors, fishermen, merchants, broadcasters, the falsely accused, repentant thieves, brewers, pharmacists, archers, pawnbrokers, the unmarried, and prostitutes. And he is the prototype of Santa Claus.

Technical details:

• Icon painted in a Romanian Orthodox monastery by Nun Perpetua;
• Excellence quality hand-painted icon;
• Natural pigments;
• 24K gilded and varnished;
• Icon painted on MDF Wood Board.

The uniqueness of an icon:

• The original icon is kept in the monastery of St. Catherine of Alexandria on Mount Sinai;
• On one side of Saint Nicholas’s image we can see our Lord Jesus, and on the other side – the Virgin Mary;
• The letters IC XC are the abbreviation of Jesus’ name and the letters MP OY mean Meter Theou – “Mother of God”;

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