Nicholas the Wonderworker of Zaraisk, St., with scenes from his life

Iconography:  Nicholas of Zaraysk, St.

Date: XVIII century.

Origin: From the chapel built in honor of the Synaxis of St. Michael the Archangel in the village Vakhnovo, Cherepovetsky district, Novgorodskaya province (flooded by the Rybinskoye reservoir).

Material: Wood, tempera

Dimensions:  height 109,5 cm, width 84,5 cm

The centerpiece depicts Nicholas the Wonderworker in full Episcopal vestment with his hands spread apart, one of which is blessing and the other one is holding the Gospel book. In the corners of the centerpiece are represented half-figures of Jesus Christ with the Gospel book and the Mother of God with the omophorion.

Was deposited in 1935.

Restoration: the All-Russian Art Scientific and Restoration Center named after I.E. Grabar, 1993, restorer – Mironova L.A.

Border scenes:

  1. Nativity of St. Nicholas
  2. Baptism
  3. Healing of the crippled woman
  4. Beginning of education
  5. Being consecrated as a deacon
  6. Being consecrated as a bishop
  7. Miracle of the three girls
  8. Appearance before Tsar Constantine
  9. Appearance before the three men in the dungeon
  10. Rescuing the sailors from drowning
  11. Rescuing reverend Christopher from the sword
  12. Rescuing patriarch Athanasius from drowning
  13. Healing the demon-possessed girl
  14. Miracle of Agrik’s son Basilios
  15. Rescuing the Saracen from captivity
  16. St. Nicholas punishes the Saracen
  17. Death of St. Nicholas
  18. Entombment of St. Nicholas

Inv. №1032/4. © Cherepovets Museum Association.

Bibliography: Куликова О.В. Древние лики Русского Севера. Из музейного собрания икон XIV-XIX веков города Череповца. М., 2009. Кат. № 80 (Илл. 81). 

  • General view
  • Mullion
  • Rescuing reverend Christopher from the sword