Icon of Saint Haralambos

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Title

Icon of Saint Haralambos

Description

St. Haralambos was a bishop who lived in Magnesia near Ephesus in the second century and according to his legend he has the distinction of being the oldest of all martyrs (as he was over 100 years old at the time of his death). He is shown haloed and wearing a very long beard and the ecclesiastical robes of a priest. Set against an otherworldly gold background, he holds the palm frond of martyrdom as well as a gospelbook and a small cross. His hand is raised in blessing. His frontal pose, typical of icons, is designed to create immediate interaction between the saint and worshipper. Icons of this scale were generally for private use, but could also be located in churches. His relics are widespread in Greece and his feast day is February 10. A Greek inscription flanks his head identifying the saint.

Creator

Anonymous (Byzantine)

Source

Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

Date

ca. 1675

Contributor

Gift of Herbert Mayer '29, in conjunction with the Class of 1929 Memorial Scholarship Fund

Format

11 3/4 x 8 3/4 in.

Medium

Egg tempera on wood panel with gilding

Type

Paintings

Identifier

1979.86

Spatial Coverage

Byzantine

Temporal Coverage

17th century

Collection

Citation

Anonymous (Byzantine), “Icon of Saint Haralambos,” Selected Old Masters from the Picker Art Gallery, accessed April 28, 2017, http://pickeroldmasters.omeka.net/items/show/58.