Icon: Portrait Icon of St Nicholas | S-7
Origin Russia, Moscow
Period : first half 16th century
Size : 31 x 25 cm
Private Collection, Germany
St Nicholas is represented as a bishop. He can be easily identified from his high, balding forehead (a sign of his goodness and wisdom), his short, grey hair and full, round beard. He wears the liturgical robes of a bishop of the Orthodox Church, a chasuble (phelonion) and a stole (omophorion) decorated with large black crosses.

The concept of holiness is strong in this fine portrait and is conveyed directly, eye to eye, to the beholder. The face of St Nicholas shows a high degree of spirituality. Representations of Saint Nicholas in bust form were especially popular in Moscow in the 16th century.