The miracle of St. George about the serpent, with 9 hallmarks of the holidays

The miracle of St. George about the serpent, with 9 hallmarks of the holidays

The composition of the icon connects a large image of the Miracle of St. George is about the serpent and the stamps of the holidays located on the top and on the right. This is the Nativity of Our Lady, the Nativity of Christ, the Epiphany, the Annunciation, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection, the Trinity of the Old Testament, the Protection of the Virgin, the Fiery Ascension of the Prophet Elijah. “

The unusual placement of the stamps is explained by the fact that the master was guided by an unmistakable sense of hierarchy, according to which more significant stories of the great holidays could not be placed around a less significant story, become his frame. “The Miracle of St. George of the Dragon” is given in a unique version – in the form of very detailed an illustration of the legend about this miracle.

Among the published icons, the only, albeit incomplete, analogy of the 17th century is known. in the State. Tretyakov Gallery. Features of coloring – the characteristic shades of ocher, brown and green colors, the consistency of colorful mixes and their masonry – allow you to connect the monument with the art of Nizhny Novgorod. The monument is interesting as a very rare work for the cities of the Volga region, which can be attributed to the era of Godunov.

However, given the fact that in the Time of Troubles, the cities of the Middle and Lower Volga region suffered less than Moscow and neighboring cities, the dating of the icon should not be limited to 1605. It could be written in the next few years. The iconographic rarity, originality of the composition, artistic merits and importance of the icon for studying the art of Nizhny Novgorod and the Volga region give it significant artistic, historical, cultural, scientific and museum value.

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