Orthodox icon | Saint Pelagia of Tarsus | 24922

Russian icon

12 x 5.5 cm | 4.7 x 2.2 in

around 1800

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


According to legend, Pelagia was engaged to the son of Emperor Diocletian. After being converted and secretly baptized, she called off the wedding, prompting the distraught bridegroom to commit suicide, at which point Diocletian himself pronounced Pelagia’s death sentence.

The purely legendary tale mixed elements of the story of Pelagia of Antioch and the tale of Pelagia of Jerusalem and composed a new legend out of it.

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