1 December 2010
NOVGOROD, MID 16TH CENTURY, INSERT (VRESOK)
31.2 by 26.3 cm
Saint Nicholas of Myra and the Great Martyr Saint Paraskeva Piatnitsa are amongst the most revered and cherished images of Novgorod. Evidence of this is the sheer number of reproductions created during the 15th — 16th centuries. There are known examples of these saints being portrayed together with images of other saints on a single icon. It is common knowledge that Saint Nicholas the Miracle-Worker was revered in Rus from ancient times as the guardian of travellers, merchants and children, whereas Saint Paraskeva was regarded as the protectress of fields, cattle and traders. Thus, in the combination seen here, the icon has great protective power. By praying to these two saints, a Russian would receive protection against all ills and support in business.
Novgorodian depictions of Saint Nicholas of Myra blessing and holding the Gospels are known from the 13th century, however, Saint Paraskeva who by tradition holds a cross in her right hand, appeared in Novgorodian icons from the mid-15th century.
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