Russian icon | St Nicholas the Miracle-Worker

Icon: St Nicholas the Miracle-Worker T-4

Russia, mid-16th century
Tempera on wood, 24 x 21.7 cm

Against a gold ground, St Nicholas is represented half-length as a bishop. He can be easily identified from his high, balding forehead (a sign of his goodness and wisdom), his short hair and full, round beard. The finely painted face of St Nicholas shows a high degree of spirituality. The saint wears the liturgical robes of a bishop of the Orthodox Church, a chasuble (phelonion) and a white stole (omophorion) decorated with large black crosses. With his right hand he makes a gesture of blessing and with his other hand he is holding a closed Book of Gospels.