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Russian Icon - St Ven. Nicholas Prince of Chernigov & St Princess Olga

Saint Princess Olga, who was the first Russian saint of the Orthodox Church, is the patron of widows and converts​. ​​She was a regent of Kievan Rus' for her son Svyatoslav from 945 until 960​ and is known for her obliteration of the Drevlians, a tribe that had killed her husband Igor of Kiev. Even though it would be her grandson Vladimir that would convert the entire nation to Christianity, her efforts to spread Christianity through the Rus’ earned Olga veneration as a saint.

Saint Nicholas, Prince of Chernigov, and Wonderworker of the Kiev Caves, was a great-grandson of Great Prince Yaroslav the Wise and son of Prince David Svyatoslavich of Chernigov (+ 1123). ​In 1106, the holy prince left his family and was tonsured at the Kiev Caves monastery​ where he carried out his obediences with great humility.​ ​Out of his own means he built at the monastery the temple of the Holy Trinity and the infirmary church in the name of Saint Nicholas, his patron saint. Saint Nicholas was the first of the Russian princes to accept monasticism, patiently enduring the reproaches of his brothers for his decision to lead a life of humble obedience. After he had progressed through various obediences, Saint Nicholas took upon himself the vow of silence. When the saint received money, he used it to beautify the church, to procure books, or​ distribute​ ​it to the poor. Saint Nicholas was a zealous peacemaker, in 1142 he reconciled the Prince of Chernigov with the Great Prince Vsevolod.​ ​Soon after the death of the saint, his brother Prince Izyaslav fell grievously ill. The igumen of the monastery sent the sick man the saint’s hairshirt. Izyaslav put it on and was healed.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 190-044-110-SP7-15
  • Size: 13 3/4 x 11 3/4 in (35 x 30 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1900
  • Origin: Syzdal (?)
  • Materials: Egg tempera on gilt, tooled and gessoed wood
  • Price: $1,350
  • Orthodox Cross

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