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New observations on the miniature of the vision of Saint Gregory of Nazianzus in Paris. GR. 510

Author(s): Gavrilović Zaga

Journal: Zbornik Radova Vizantološkog Instituta
ISSN 0584-9888

Volume: 2007;
Issue: 44;
Start page: 67;
Date: 2007;
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The article deals with the iconography of the illustration of the Second Paschal Homily of St. Gregory of Nazianzus on fol. 285r of the Paris manuscript. It questions the identity of the woman saint represented on the right of St. Paraskeve in the lower register of the scene. Unlike that above St. Paraskeve, the inscription identifying this second woman saint is fragmentary and difficult to read, but it has been widely accepted that she is Saint Helena, mother of the Emperor Constantine the Great. On the basis of two other representations of Helena in the same manuscript and of the style of the inscription accompanying them, as well as taking into account the importance of the theological meaning expounded by St. Gregory in his oration, it is suggested that the second woman saint may be St. Kyriake.
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