Temple Gallery

Established 1959

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

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VV023. Saint Nicholas

19th century
35.5 x 30.9 cmClick here to convert metric size to imperial

£2,500Click here to convert price to USD or EUR

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St Nicholas is shown in half-length, wearing the classical vestments of a bishop. His right hand blesses the viewer, while he is holding a gospel book in his left hand. His garment covers his left-hand as he holds the book - an ancient symbol of reverence. His eyes gaze directly at the viewer. Two roundels - containing Christ in the left (blessing Nicholas) and the Mother of God in the right (holding her veil) – are set on either side of the saint's shoulders. Even though this is a classical iconographic design associated with icons of St Nicholas, the artist of the current version has developed this design with a powerful intensity, imparting a concentrated, hypnotic atmosphere to the object. This geometric feature is complemented by a warm, luminous glow that radiates from the face of St Nicholas.

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