St. Simeon the Wonderworker (The Righteous) of Verkhoturye with St. Nicholas the Wonderworker depicted in front of Nikolayevsky Monastery of Verkhoturye. Mid to late 19th century. Palekh school. 5½" x 6¾". Egg tempera, gesso on board. In very good condition, signs of age, but nothing out of the ordinary.
St. Simeon is also known as Simeon of Merkushino and he is the patron saint of the Ural region. Believers preach to God through St. Simeon for help, consolation, strengthening, correction, treatment of the soul and body, and delivering from evil.
St. Nikolayevsky Monastery is in the Verkhotursky Territory, a "magical hinterland" in the Urals, located 185 miles north of Yekaterinburg and 870 miles east of Moscow). The monastery is the oldest in the Urals. and has been its spiritual capital. It was founded in 1604, closed after the 1917 revolution, and restored in 1991.
Saint Nicholas was an historic 4th-century Christian saint and archbishop of Myra and Lycia in southern Asia Minor. He is honored as the patron saint of Russia as well as the patron saint of sailors, merchants, children, and students in various cities and countries around Europe.