Temple Gallery

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Saint Parascevi - exhibited at the Temple Gallery, specialists in Russian icons

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NN022. Saint Parascevi

Greek mainland
17th century
Panel: 80 x 45 cmClick here to convert metric size to imperial

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Her full religious title is ‘Paraskeva of Ikonium, Great Martyr.’ Her feast day is 28th October. No certain historical facts about her are known and, according to the Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium, “the origins of her cult are obscure”. The name, in both Russia and Greek means Friday. By tradition she is the patron of women and of markets and trade. Theologians suppose her to have been martyred during the persecutions of the Emperor Diocletian (304-305) for her fearless preaching of the Christian gospel. Legend tells us that, when arrested and asked her name, she would only give that of Christ: “it is necessary to give first the name of eternal life and only then the name of temporary existence.”

Paraskevi is shown with the martyr’s attributes while her look expresses the fortitude for which she was famous.

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