AN IMPORTANT ITALO-CRETAN ICON OF SAINT NICHOLAS THE WONDERWORKER

by philotheos skouphos, possibly corfu or zante, third quarter of 17th century

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The Saint shown enthroned as Bishop of Myra, holding the Book of Gospels in his left hand, his right raised in blessing, flanked at his shoulders by the half-figures of Christ and the Mother of God, signed at the foot of the throne cheiri Philotheou hieromonfachou] (by the hand of Philotheos the Hieromonk), the lower portion depicts two well-known scenes from the saint's life, the saving of three innocent men from execution, and the gift of money to the pauper about to sell his daughters into prostitution