Antique Russian Icon Saint George 19th Century
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Antique Russian Icon Saint George 19th Century:
Rare Russian Icon of Saint George slaying the Dragon 19th Century.SIZE 26,5x22 cmNote: The pictures are taken with different lightening to bring the real colors of the icon. Any questions are welcome. Will be shipped fully insured. offer with confidence - look at our 99% positive response!Eastern Orthodox depictions of Saint George slaying a dragon often include the image of the young princess who looks on from a distance. The standard iconographic interpretation of the image icon is that the dragon represents both Satan (Rev. 12:9) and the monster from his life story. The young princess is the wife of Diocletian, Alexandra. Thus, the image as interpreted through the language of Byzantine iconography, is an image of the martyrdom of the saint.The episode of St. George and the Dragon was a legend brought back with the Crusaders and retold with the courtly appurtenances belonging to the genre of Romance. The earliest known depiction of the legend is from early eleventh-century Cappadocia (in the iconography of the Eastern Orthodox Church, George had been depicted as a soldier since at least the 7th century); the earliest known surviving narrative text is an eleventh-century Georgian text.In the fully developed Western version, which developed as part of the Golden Legend, a dragon or crocodile makes its nest at the spring that provides water for the city of "Silene" (perhaps modern Cyrene in Libya or the city of Lydda in the Holy Land, depending on the source). Consequently, the citizens have to dislodge the dragon from its nest for a time, to collect water. To do so, each day they offer the dragon at first a sheep, and if no sheep can be found, then a maiden must go instead of the sheep. The victim is chosen by drawing lots. One day, this happens to be the princess. The monarch begs for her life to be spared, but to no avail. She is offered to the dragon, but there appears Saint George on his travels. He faces the dragon, protects himself with the sign of the Cross, slays the dragon, and rescues the princess. The citizens abandon their ancestral paganism and convert to Christianity.
Saint George fighting the dragon has been captured in paintings since the 7th Century. Images of Saint George and The Dragon are one of the most popular subjects in Christian and Byzantine icons.
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