signed on face of icon, lower right: διά χειpός Π. ΟΙΚΟΝΟΜΟΥ [by the hand of P. Oikonomou]
wood; gesso; paint; gold; lacquer
H: 12.2 in. x W: 9.2 in. x D: 0.7 in.
H: 31.0 cm. x W: 23.3 cm. x D: 1.6 cm.
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Artifacts; Original Drawings, Paintings, Icons, Calligraphy;
This object was both dry and damp cleaned according to directions from a conservation expert when it was received at Clemens Library.
This original painting on a flat, rectangular, solid wood panel depicts the female St. Kyriake. The colors of the three-quarter length figure, which floats on a gold-leaf background, are built up from a greenish base skin color (sankir), suggesting the iconographer was following a Greek tradition of icon writing. (The Russian tradition typically uses a reddish sankir for figures.) The holy woman’s inner robe and hair cover are blue; her outer robe is painted in dark red-violet. Kyriake’s head is covered in a grey-white veil. Her right hand is raised, holding a cross. Her left hand is held up, palm forward. The edges, sides and back of the panel are painted brown. A metal hanger is fixed on the center back. The painted areas appear to have been lacquered.
After resolutely witnessing her faith before Maximian, St. Kyriake (or Kyriaki or Dominica) suffered torture and death in Nicomedia in the year 289. She is honored as a virgin and martyr; the Orthodox calendar celebrates her feast on July 7.