"St. Vasilie Veliki (Basil the Great) and St. Nikola", XI century

This XI century icon, along with the one of "The Forty Martyrs of Sebast" is not only one of the oldest Ohrid icons, but also one of the rarest such presentations in the Byzantine painting style.

This is the first icon that portrays the archpriests Ss. Basil the Great and Nikola. It was probably commissioned by Archbishop of Ohrid, Leo, the donor of the earliest frescoes of the church of St. Sofia. The icon was found in the attic of the church of St. Clement in 1959. It was made in some of the most famous painting workshops in Constantinople. Only the fragments of its original golden frame are preserved.





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