Saturday, December 25, 2010

St. Nicholas of Myra (4th century)

Saint Nicholas

Village of Sushystya the Great, Lviv Region, first half of the 16th C.
Wood, tempera, silvering.
33 1/4” x 23”

Nicholas was a priest, an abbot, and a bishop of Myra. Once, he helped a poor family by dropping bags of gold coins in a window, landing in a stocking hung up to dry. Thus, the story of Santa Claus was born. He was known for his holiness, zeal, and astonishing miracles–even raising people from the dead.

Image from Meridian International Center.

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