St. Gerontius and St. Polychronia

Type: Icon

Period: From the beginning of the 14 century to the end of the 14 century

Author: Unknown

School: Unknown

Dimmensions (cm): 124 / 84


Country: Bulgaria

Province: Sofia

Town: Sofia

Museum: National Archaeological Museum


Country: Bulgaria

Other source: Others

Object identification notes

The cinnabar that was characteristic of 14th century classical postures, the three-dimensional treatment and the overall impressive tone recall the best-known 14th century paintings from Athens, Crete, Patmos and some 14th century works from Turnovo.


St. Gerontius and st. Polychronia are depicted in full face and full size. The saint wears a blue (cinnabar) tunic edged with a golden braid down and a pale gray cloak. Polychronia wears a yellowish long chemise and gray maphorion with drawn brown lines. Both hold crosses in the one hand and bless with the other.

Iconographical technique: Tempera

Base material: Wood

State, restoration traces and comments

Metal braces lengthwise lock the icon on the top and bottom. The frame is red, the background is light ochre-yellow; the nimbi are dark yellow.