St. Penniless Cosmas and Damian

Type: Icon

Period: From the end of the 17 century to the beginning of the 18 century

Author: Unknown

Dimmensions (cm): 107.5 / 70


Country: Bulgaria

Province: Sofia

Town: Sofia

Museum: National History Museum


Country: Bulgaria

Other source: Others

Object identification notes

The dominating graphic principle shows moderate treatment. The ambition was to model the form although the artist's attention was focused on the line. This provincial work shows the broad range of the creative potential, the artistic abilities and esthetics at the turn of the 17th century which was arid and graphic and the timid innovative quests in the beginning of the 18th century when the tradition of the previous century paralyzed the flight of the new one.


The healer saints are depicted full size and full face, with the characteristic attributes.

Iconographical technique: Tempera

Base material: Wood

The icon is inset in the wooden base. The background is golden up and olive green down. The frame is golden and milky blue.