Icon of St. George the Victorious ('St. George's Miracle of the Dragon', late 14th cent. - early 15th cent., Novgorod)

Icon of St. George the Victorious ('St. George's Miracle of the Dragon', late 14th cent. - early 15th cent., Novgorod)
/upload/iblock/3b4/8e3dbd050bdd406e2948262e15bb237e.jpg Icon of St. George the Victorious ('St. George's Miracle of the Dragon', late 14th cent. - early 15th cent., Novgorod)
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SV. George


 
Direct print on linden panel.
 
The icon from the church in the village of Manikhino, Leningrad region, at present it is kept in the State Russian Museum of St.-Petersburg.
The Great Martyr George has been venerated in Russia for many centuries. He is considered a defending warrior, a patron of soldiers and a helper in everyday life. The image of St. George the Victorious slaying the dragon symbolizes the victory over the devil, "the dragon of old". The image was included in the ancient coat of arms of Moscow. The image is based on old legends and associated with the Saint's miracles that took place after his martyrdom in 303. According to one of the legends, a dragon lived in a lake near Beirut, where the Saint had been born; it often attacked people and ate them. Nobody knows, what kind of an animal that was. Superstitious inhabitants of the area started sacrificing to the dragon a young man or girl selected by drawing lots, to quench the beast's rage. Once the lots were drawn on a local prince's daughter. The girl was left tied up on the lake shore, and she was waiting for the dragon to appear with horror. When it did, a young man on a white horse appeared to kill the dragon and save the girl. That was St. Great Martyr George. By his miraculous appearance, St. George delivered the people from the horrible monster and converted them to Christ.


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