St. Nicholas (Nikolai Ugodnik), Unknown artist
- Posted by: Unknown
- Museum: Hermitage
- Year: XIII-XIV century
Overview of the painting :
Saint Nicholas is an Unknown Artist. XIII-XIV centuries. Wood, tempera. 107.7×79.5
St. Nicholas the Miracle Worker (Nikolay Ugodnik) since ancient times was one of the most revered in Russia saints who patronized travelers, sailors and children.
An unknown Russian master wrote to St. Nicholas in the episcopal vestments, with a white omophorus and black crosses on it. The saturated red background color indicates that the icon was created in the Novgorod, northern icon painting school. With the left hand of the saint supports the Holy Scriptures, the right hand froze in a blessing gesture. The face of the saint is an example of spiritual power and Christian chastity. Of particular importance are wide open eyes, through them the icon painter shows the holiness of the depicted, its lightness. A similar emphasis on the eyes creates an effect, as if not the viewer is looking at the icon, but rather.