Holy St. Nil Stolbenski (+1554), founder of the monastery of the same name, also widely represented on icons in the Hermitage. He began his life as a novice in the Krypets monastery in Pskov and withdrew after ten years as a forest hermit in the Rzhevsk forest on the banks of the Cheremkha River, where he spent twelve years in prayer. In the last phase of his life he was initiated into the Great Schima, and lived for twenty-six years completely withdrawn as a 'silent hermit' on the island of Stolbensk at lake Seliger.
Nil Stolbenski felt called to a strict and particularly ascetic life. In addition to fasting and silence, he had vowed never to sleep lying down. Under his arms you can see the struts of the crutches. He sought to get rid of identification with the body and all ease of the world and focused on training his mind and practicing prayer for the well-being of people. After his death, in 1594, a monastery was built on the site of his 'cell' and chapel, called the Nilus Stolbenski monastery.
Probably the green colour (arched part) is of later date.
- Icône, Sculpture, St. Nil Stolbenski
- Période estimée
- XIXe siècle
- Pays d’origine
- État assez bien - utilisé intensivement & représentant d’éventuelles manques mineures
- 1.5×16.5×25.5 cm