Ilya Repin: St Nicholas preventing an execution

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    One story relates how, while Nicholas was visiting a remote part of his diocese, several citizens from Myra arrived with the news that, in his absence, the ruler of the city, Eustathius, had condemned three innocent men to death. Nicholas set out immediately for home. Reaching the outskirts of the city, he asked those he met on the road if they knew what had happened to the prisoners. Informed that their execution was to be carried out that morning, he hurried to the executioner's field, where he found a large crowd of people and the three men kneeling with their arms bound behind them, awaiting the blow of the sword. Nicholas passed through the crowd, took the sword from the executioner's hands and threw it to the ground, ordering that the condemned men be freed from their bonds. Later the ruler sought the saint’s forgiveness. Only after a period of public repentance did Nicholas absolve him.

    Icon image of the same scene: www.flickr.com/photos/jimforest/3082304458/

    zenosaurus, Jahsonic, Thermopylae 88, and 3 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. zenosaurus 92 months ago | reply

      This is a really great painting.

    2. Carb0 66 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Imperial Russia, Soviet or Ex-Soviet Portraits, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

      Ilya Repin was a awesome painter...i love all his work...

    3. grahamlittle10 58 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Repin - Russian artist, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

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