Icon of St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra (16th cent., Moscow)

Icon of St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra (16th cent., Moscow)
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SVT. Nicholas, Bishop Of Myra


 
Direct print on linden panel.
The icon comes from the Dormition Cathedral of the city of Dmitrov, Moscow region. At present, it is kept in Andrey Rublev's Central Museum of Ancient Russian Culture and Arts in Moscow. The iconography was formed in Byzantium, taken from there to Russia and finally completed here> there is a variety of St. Nicholas' icons, as he has been venerated and loved by the Russians for many centuries. St. Nicholas is perceived as a 'God's Archpriest', most close to the Almighty God's Throne constantly praying for the mercy to be granted to the people. St. Nicholas the Wonderworker is venerated as the Defender of all the suffering, the oppressed, and unjustly prosecuted, and the Patron Saint of the travelers and seafarers. The most ancient and widely spread id the half-length image of St. Nicholas. He is depicted while giving a blessing with the closed Gospels in His left hand, often together with the Saviour, the Mother of God and other Saints. The integral part of a Bishop's image is the Gospels in the left hand reminding that St. Nicholas is a tutor in salvation and teacher of life presenting the God's image to His flock during the Eucharist.

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