Discover all 14 City of Paris museums

» Fermer
 Anonymous - The Virgin, Inviolate Mountain
Franghias Kavertsas - In You rejoices
 Anonymous - The Nativity
 Anonymous - St Martin
 Nikitarea - The Forty Martyrs of Sebaste
 Anonymous - The Archangel Michael and the Archangel Gabriel
 Anonymous - St Charalampe and the devil
 Anonymous - St George
 Anonymous - The Communion of St Mary of Egypt
 Anonymous - Saint Simeon Stylites
 Anonymous - Prophet Elias

The Forty Martyrs of Sebaste

171(1 ?)
Tempera and gold on wood
H. 39,3 cm ; w. 29,5 cm

In 320, forty Roman soldiers refused to offer sacrifices to idols and declared themselves to be Christians. They were exposed naked on frozen Lake Sebaste in Lesser Armenia.

They all endured the cold except one, who rushed to a bath of hot water placed close to the lake by the governor. He died instantly, stricken by the difference in temperature and was replaced by a guard, visible in profile on the left.

This icon is dated and signed by an unknown artist, Nikitarea.

Inventory number: 
Inventory number : PPP04891
Acquisition details : Roger Cabal bequest, 1998
Room 36. The art of the icon
The Eastern Christian World
Roll your mouse over the exhibit to view detail.
19 / 20