Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker (of Zaraisk) with scenes from his life

Iconography:  Nicholas of Zaraysk, St., Hagiographic cycle Nicholas

Date: XVIII century. Late 18th – early 19th century

Origin: From the church commemorating the Transfiguration of Our Lord in the village of Borisoglebskoye at the bank of the Irma river, Cherepovetsky district, Novgorodskaya region (now Sheksninsky district, Vologodskaya region).

Material: Wood, tempera

Dimensions:  height 143 cm, width 123 cm

Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker is depicted frontally, full-length. His right hand is blessing, his left hand is holding a Gospel book. At the sides of his halo in the quadrants are depicted Jesus Christ and the Mother of God with the Gospel book and the omophorion.

Border scenes:

1. Nativity of St. Nicholas

2. Baptism

3. Child Nicholas refuses to drink maternal milk on Wednesdays and Fridays

4. Healing of the crippled woman

5. Beginning of education

6. Being ordained a deacon

7. Being ordained a priest

8. Being ordained a bishop

9. Appearance before the three men in the dungeon

10. Appearance before tsar Constantine

11. Miracle of the three girls

12. Rescuing the three men from the sword

13. Drawing the demon out of the well

14. Voyage of St. Nicholas to Palestine

15. Death of St. Nicholas

16. The transfer of St. Nicholas’s relics from Myra of Lycia to Bari

Was deposited in 1931.

Restoration: the Vologda branch of the All-Russian Art Scientific and Restoration Center named after I.E. Grabar, 2000, restorer – Rybakov A.A.

Inv. №636/5. © Cherepovets Museum Association.

Bibliography: Куликова О.В. Древние лики Русского Севера. Из музейного собрания икон XIV-XIX веков города Череповца. М., 2009. Кат. № 98 (Илл. 99).

  • General view
  • Appearance before the three men in the dungeon