Parasceva named “Friday”, St., with 12 scenes from her life

Iconography:  Parasceva of Iconium (Pyatnitsa), the Great Martyress, Hagiographic Cycle of the Great Martyress Parasceva of Iconium (Pyatnitsa)

Date: XVI century.

Iconographic school/art center:  Pskov icon-painting school

Origin: From the church of the village Zaklinye of the Dnovsky district in the Pskov region

Material: Wood, tempera

Dimensions:  height 109 cm, width 84 cm

In the centerpiece is represented the great martyress Parasceva named “Friday” full-length with the hands spread apart. In her right hand she holds a cross and in her left hand – the unfolded scroll with the first words of the Symbol of Faith. The centerpiece is surrounded by 12 border scenes from the life of the great martyress.

Border scenes:

1.    The saint martyress Parasceva preaches Christianity to the pagans
2.    St. Parasceva seized by the pagans stands before the governor
3.    St. Parasceva being tortured by the ox tendons
4.    St. Parasceva healed after the tortures faces the governor again
5.    St. Parasceva being tortured by the iron scrapers
6.    The “effulgent woman” appears to St. Parasceva in prison and heals her wounds    
7.    Breaking the idols by the prayer of St. Parasceva
8.    St.Parasceva being tortured by fire
9.    St. Parasceva healed after the tortures faces governor for the third time
10.     St. Parasceva hears the voice of God before the execution
11.     Decapitation of St.Parasceva
12.     The death of the governor predicted by St.Parasceva

Inv. № 6574. © Pskov State United Historical, Architectural and Fine Arts Museum-Reserve

Bibliography: Васильева О.А. Иконы Пскова. М., 2006. № 34. С. 132.

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