Russian icon | Six Saints

Icon: Six Saints T-11

Russia, 16th century (vrezka)
Tempera on wood, 29 x 32 cm
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The icon shows six chosen saints standing against a worn gold background. They are all represented full length, facing the viewer. Although the name inscriptions are not preserved, most saints can be identified by their physionomy and dress. The prophet Elijah is depicted to the far left with next to him the evangelist St John, followed by a bishop saint, possibly St Clement of Rome. All these three saints make a sign of blessing with their right hand. To the right side three martyrs are represented, holding a martyr cross with their right hand: the two Russian martyr saints Boris and Gleb, both dressed as Russian princes, and a young, beardless martyr saint, who might be identified as St George or St Dmitry.