Mother of God enthroned with attending Sts. Nicholas and Clement

Iconography:  Nicholas the Wonderworker, saint, Holy Virgin Enthroned with the Divine Child, Clement, St.

Date: XIV century. The second half of the 13 th c.

Iconographic school/art center:  The Vologda school

Origin: From Gavrilo-Archangelsky church, Vologda.

Material: Wood, canvas, levkas, tempera

Dimensions:  height 84 cm, width 67 cm

The Mother of God is shown seated on a backless throne. Her figure, slightly turned to the right, is shown at a very complex angle, which can be seen from the position of her feet, ankles and shoulders. The Child is is portrayed in a frontal posed, seated on the left lap of the Holy Virgin. He blesses with his right hand he is blessing, and holds a white scroll in his left. The Mother of God extends her right hand to Christ in an adoration gesture, supporting His feet with her left hand. On either side of the throne, on a much smaller scale than the Mother of God with the Child, are full-length figures of Sts. Nicholas (left) and Clement (right). They are represented in three-quarter turns, in attending poses, with hands raised and extended to the Mother of God with the Child. In the upper corners of the composition are half-length figures of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel.

Inv. NO ВОКМ 7896 © Vologda State Museum of History, Architecture and Art

  • General view
  • The Holy Virgin with the Child
  • Nicolas the Wonderwoker
  • St. Clement