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Temple Gallery

Established 1959

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

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VV043. Saint Panteleimon with Family Saints and the Mandylion

Russian
19th century
31.3 x 26.2 cmClick here to convert metric size to imperial

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Saint Panteleimon, a 'healing saint' is depicted in half-length, gazing directly at the viewer and holding a physician's box. Like other anargyroi (Greek: 'without money') the healing saints performed cures without receiving a fee. To the right of the saint's head is a small depiction of the mandorla iconography. On the borders are four saints, two on either side. Born in the third century (275), St Panteleimon studied medicine and was taught to heal by invoking Christ's name. This supernatural ability to heal the sick brought him fame but also incurred the anger of the Emperor Maximian at whose hands he suffered a martyr’s death in 305. His feast is celebrated on 27th July. In icons his youthful features recall those of St George.

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