1241FEINE GROSSFORMATIGE VITA-IKONE DES HEILIGEN NIKOLAUS VON MYRA Auction: 97-III
Russland, Mstera, 2. Hälfte 19. Jh.
FEINE GROSSFORMATIGE VITA-IKONE DES HEILIGEN NIKOLAUS VON MYRA
Verbund aus drei Laubholz-Brettern mit zwei profilierten Rückseiten-Sponki. Flaches Kowtscheg, Lewkas, Eitempera, partielle Verg
A LARGE FINELY PAINTED VITA ICON OF ST. NICHOLAS OF MYRA Russian, Mstera, 2nd half 19th century Tempera on wood panel with kovcheg. In the centre of the icon is St. Nicholas the Miracle Worker depicted frontally and half-length. St. Nicholas is wearing the vestments of a bishop. While giving the blessing with his right, he is holding in his left a closed gospel book. Two bands of clouds have been arranged in the upper corners in which Christ and the Mother of God appear as miniature figures. Christ is holding the the gospel book, the Virgin the omophorion. These objects must be interpreted as allusions to the legend according to which Christ and the Mother of God returned the bishop's insignia to the saint after he had been divested of them at the Council of Nicaea. The central image of Nicholas is surrounded by twelve scenes depicting events from his life including the birth of St. Nicholas, the Baptism, the saint heals the paralysed the hand of a woman, Nicholas attends school, Nicholas savest the innocent men from execution by the sword, the rescue of a drowing man, Nicholas rescues a group of shipwrecked people, Nicholas returns Basil to his parents, after he has been kidnapped by Arabs and the death of the Saint. The miniature figures rendered meticulously in great detail with pastel colours and gold. The soft modelling of the flesh complimented by delicately rendered features. The vestments painted in reds and blues highlighted in white. Each scene having been executed with great detail, taking place either against elaborate architectural settings or landscapes unusually rendered in nuances of blue. Minimally restored. 45 x 39.9 cm.