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77391

ICON NUMBER : 77391

Saint Nicholas The Wonderworker and Holy Bishop of Myra, Russia, 19th century, gesso, gold, tempera, embossing and engraving, size 26 x 22 cm, price € 1600,-.

A well known saying in Old Russia was, 'If God dies, we'll make Nicholas God'. People believed that Nicholas understood human weakness better than any other saint. He defended them against every injustice and protected them. He also protected travellers if they got into difficulty. He became the patron of countless churches, professions and communities. He is present in almost every icon corner of a Russian house because he is also considered to be the patron saint of men. In this icon, Nicholas is shown with the classic characteristics ascribed to him. He wears a bishop's stole about his neck and holds a Book of Gospels in his left hand. With his right hand he delivers a blessing. Resting on stylized clouds, the Mother of God presenting him with the bishop's stole (omofor) appears on his left. On the right, Christ presents the Book of Gospels. During the First Council of Nicaea, Nicholas is supposed to have boxed Arius's ears, because he called into doubt the divinity of Christ. The emperor and the bishops present wanted to dismiss Nicholas from his office of bishop, but the Mother of God and Christ took up Nicholas's cause and gave hiim back the attributes of his bishop's office. Condition: authentic icon in original condition. Provenance: private collection Germany. The authenticity of every icon is guaranteed. Excellent condition. Every icon is sold with extensive written expertise.

  • 77391
  • 77391
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