Icon of St Demetrios of Thesaloniki - ROM2018_16774_48


Icon of St Demetrios of Thesaloniki

Maker: Unknown maker
Medium:Wood panel, painted in tempera on a gesso ground
Geography: Greek Provincial
Date: c. 1700-1799
23.6 x 19 x 2.3 cm
Object number: 978.353.9
Credit Line: Donated by Dr. Peter Janetos in memory of his parents, Bessie and John Janetos
Not on view
DescriptionSt. Demetrois is grouped with the warrior-martyrs, who are significant in Byzantine iconography. He was born in the second-half of the third century. In 303 at the order of Maximian, he was beheaded for the faith. One of the oldest portraits of St. Demetrios is a mosaic in the church built over his grave in Thesaloniki. This portrait represents him as a worshipper with donors. Other images show him as a warrior on his horse who has conquered another warrior who is lying on the ground. Such scenes are taken from a legend in which the prayers of St. Demetrois empowered his fellow prisoner, Nestor, to kill the pagan gladiator, Lyaeus.
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