Icon of St. George the Victorious (dismounted)(mid 16th cent., Novgorod)

Icon of St. George the Victorious (dismounted)(mid 16th cent., Novgorod)
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SV. George


 
Direct print on linden panel.

The image of St. George underlines his young age and attractiveness. The shape of his body resting on one leg and slightly turned reflects the influence of late Greek and Moscow schools of iconography. At present, the icon or kept in Novgorod Museum of History, Architecture and Arts.
Great Martyr George was born in Cappadocia (Asia Minor) to a rich and pious family. Having joined the army, the youth quickly became noted for his intellect, courage and attractiveness. He was soon promoted to an officer's position, George became the favorite of Emperor Diocletianus, a Pagan. Having witnesses a ruthless court sentence to exterminate some Christians, George was ignited by compassion. He professed Christianity and denounced the Emperor's cruelty and injustice. After failing to convince George to give up Christ, the Emperor ordered to torture him. The youth stood them with endurance. Finally, he was beheaded. St. George reposed in Nicomedia in 303. For his courage and spiritual victory over his torturers, and help to people, he was called the Victorious.
St. George is considered to be the Patron Saint of the State, Army, peoples of Russia, families, and children, and the helper in sorrows. He is the patron of shepherds as well.


St. George is venerated as the Patron Saint of the State, Army, peoples of Russia, families, and children, and the helper in sorrows.


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