Orthodox icon | Saint Nicholas of Myra | 24707.
The icon actively depicts Saint Nicholas of Myra, robed in the vestments of a bishop, and embellished with liturgical finery. Holding an open Gospel in his arm, he showcases his daily scriptural reading (LUK VI 17-23). Depictions of Christ and the Mother of God envelop him, casting a symbol of their omnipresence and divine association.
Saint Nicholas was born circa 283 in Patara, close to what is now Kalkan in Turkey. He died around 348 in Myra (Lycia), presently known as Demre in Turkey. His veneration extends across both Eastern and Latin Churches, making him one of the most respected saints.
His commemoration days, December 6th, May 9th, and July 29th, are indeed marked with an array of customs and traditions. Subsequently, during the initial part of the 4th century, Nicholas took up the position of Bishop of Myra in the Lycia region of Asia Minor.
This region was initially under the dominion of the Roman Empire, later transitioned to the Byzantine Empire, and now forms a part of modern-day Turkey.
Moreover, his Greek name, “Nikólaos”, translates to “victory of the people,” and interestingly, this name predates the Christian era.
In addition, Saint Nicholas actively holds the esteemed role as the patron saint for a diverse range of entities. These roles extend to include Russia, children, women desiring to conceive or in childbirth, the elderly, travelers, sailors, judges, lawyers, notaries, pharmacists, landlords, those seeking joyous marriages, and those intent on recovering stolen items.
A magnificent, poliment-gilded background sets the stage for the icon. Finely etched and painted embellishments adorn this background, showcasing the remarkable craftsmanship. This meticulously detailed, alluring work of art exemplifies great precision in its rendering.