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Russian 17th Century Icon - Holy Martyr Paraskevi with Scenes of her Life and Martyrdom

A large vita icon of the Martyr St. Paraskevi of Iconium with scenes from her life, Central Russia, possibly Yaroslavl, ca. 1650-1675.

Saint Paraskevi of Iconium (known in Russia as Paraskeva Pyatnitsa) is venerated as a Christian virgin martyr. Her parents were Christian, and Paraskevi was named as such (the name means “Friday” in Greek) because she was baptized on a Friday and because Friday was the day of Christ's Passion. She became a preacher, and according to tradition, converted Emperor Antoninus Pius to Christianity, but, subsequently martyred at Iconium during the persecutions of Diocletian. Saint Paraskevi-Pyatnitsa developed a personality and functions of her own on the Russian soil. She is traditionally depicted as an ascetic figure wearing the red of martyrdom. She holds an Eastern cross in one hand and a scroll professing her faith in another. In Russia, Paraskeva-Pyatnitsa is the patroness of traders and fairs, and of the Holy Matrimony.

Additional Info

  • ID#: 51-72-SSI-25
  • Size: 34 1/2 x 27 1/4 in. (87 x 70 cm)
  • Age: ca. 1650-1675
  • Origin: Central Russia, possibly Yaroslavl
  • Materials: egg tempera on gessoed wood
  • Price: Price upon request
  • Orthodox Cross

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