Catherine, Great Martyress

Iconography:  Catherine of Alexandria, the Great Martyress

Date: XVI century. Middle of the 16th century

Origin: From the Voskresensky Goritsky nuns’ convent, Kirillovsky district of the Novgorodskaya province (now village Goritsy in the Kirillovsky district, Vologodskaya region). The convent was founded in 1544 by princess Euphrosyne Staritskaya (monastic name – Eudocia).

Material: Wood, tempera

Setting's material: Chasing, silver , enamel, engraving, niello

Dimensions:  height 53 cm, width 40 cm

The saint martyress is depicted full-length holding a cross and an unfolded scroll in her hand. The wreath and the pendant on icon, the metal frame with stamping lavishly decorated with the floriated ornament encase the figure of Catherine in the flaming cinnabar vestment. Exquisite face of the saint martyress is covered with a thin layer of paint which is put on the ochroid dark underpaint with the olive shades.

Was deposited in 1930.

Restoration: ЦГРМ, 1927, restorers – the group headed by Anisimov A.I.

Inv. №560/5. © Cherepovets Museum Association.

Bibliography: Куликова О.В. Древние лики Русского Севера. Из музейного собрания икон XIV-XIX веков города Череповца. М., 2009. С. 19, кат. № 26.

  • General view
  • Great Martyress Catherine. Fragment
  • Face of Great Martyress Catherine
  • Scroll