• Icon: St Nicholas of Mozhaisk

    Technique:
    tempera and gilding
    Dimensions:
    114x82,5 cm

Icon: St Nicholas of Mozhaisk

Russia, late 16th century

Robed in bishop's attire, St Nicholas of Mozhaisk stands full length, his hands spread wide. In his raised right hand he holds a small silver sword, more like a sabre, with a red hilt. Resting on his left hand is a model of a fortress, meant to symbolize the town of Mozhaisk, of which St Nicholas was said to be a fervent protector. Painted by a master from the Russian North in the late 16th century, this icon is unusual for the simplicity of its composition and the large decorative inscription running along the top. Features typical of the Russian North include the colouring - pale-green combined with deep blue in the clothes of the saint.

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Icon: St Nicholas of Mozhaisk

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Technique:

tempera and gilding

Dimensions:

114x82,5 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1956; handed over from the Solvychegodsk Museum of History and Art

Inventory Number:

ЭРИ-220

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