Saint Nicholas Miracle Worker - PF.5696 - For Sale

Saint Nicholas Miracle Worker - PF.5696
Price: $8500.00
Saint Nicholas, who lived in the 4th Century, is the patron saint of Russia, as well as children, scholars, virgins, sailors, and merchants. The accounts of his life are confused and historically unconfirmed. According to tradition, he was a native of Patara, formerly a city in the ancient district of Lycia, Asia Minor. Nicholas entered the nearby monastery of Sion and subsequently became archbishop of the metropolitan church in Myra, Lycia. At the end of the 11th century some Italian merchants transported his remains from Myra to Bari, Italy, where his tomb is now a shrine. Legend tells of his surreptitious gifts to the three daughters of a poor man, who, unable to give them dowries, was about to abandon them to prostitution. From this tale has grown the custom of secret gifts on the Eve of Saint Nicholas. Today, he is traditionally associated with modern Christmas celebrations.Jesus and Mary are painted in the corners next to Saint Nicholas’ halo. They rise out of a cover of clouds against the golden background of heaven. Meanwhile, Saint Nicholas stares intently out at us. He beckons us with his eyes, transfixed on the viewer. He forms a sign of benediction with his right hand and holds up the Bible in his left. Two more holy figures have been painted into the sides of the border. This icon can be characterized as a vehicle for Saint Nicholas to transport the worshipper closer to God through their veneration of this sacred object. - (PF.5696)

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