St. Nicholas

Type: Icon

Period: The middle of the 15 century

Author: Unknown

School: Unknown

Dimmensions (cm): 133 / 92


Country: Bulgaria

Province: Sofia

Town: Sofia

Museum: National History Museum


Country: Bulgaria

Other source: Others

Object identification notes

The icon is a perfect example of the art produced immediately after the fall of the Balkans under Ottoman rule when the classical conventions of the High Middle Ages were still observed. The style elements and manner of execution allow that the icon be ascribed to the Nessebur set of monuments.


St Nicholas of Myra in Lycia is depicted in full size and full face, sitting on a throne. He is flanked by miniature-like depiction of the Virgin and Jesus Christ, waist length, at the level of his head, who present him with their arms stretched forward.

Iconographical technique: Tempera

Base material: Wood

The icon is made of solid walnut wood, with an inset base and broadly profiled in red and golden frame.