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  • Icon: St Nicholas

    Technique:
    tempera on panel
    Dimensions:
    107х82х3 cm

Icon: St Nicholas

Russia, 13th - 14th century

This is a very early work from Novgorod, from the late 13th or early 14th century. St Nicholas was highly revered in Russia. He is shown here frontally, waist-length, blessing with his right hand and holding in his covered left hand a closed Book of Gospels. The image of St Nicholas is majestic and strict. Many details in the depiction of the figure and face allow us to link this icon with Novgorod art of the 11th to 13th century. At the same time, however, the large flat surfaces of contrasting colours used to depict the saint's clothes and the Book of Gospels, the scarlet (cinnabar) ground, so characteristic of the Novgorod school of icon-painting - in which it symbolized the unquenchable light of eternity - give this image a rich, celebratory feel, which was typical of Novgorod icons of later time.

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Icon: St Nicholas

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Technique:

tempera on panel

Dimensions:

107х82х3 cm

Acquisition date:

Entered the Hermitage in 1971; handed over by the State Hermitage Museum expedition for collecting monuments of Ancient Russian Art in different parts of the Novgorod Region

Inventory Number:

ЭРИ-598

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