OMIROS. SAINT GEORGE. 33x21 Inches. Free Shipping.
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According to a Byzantine hagiography, St. George was born in the late 3rd century A.D. in Cappadocia. After his father was martyred for being a Christian, his mother moved St. George to her hometown of Lydda, Palestine. His mother passed away when he was 20. St. George wanted to accede to a higher social status and joined the Roman army. Very quickly he became one of the favorite commanders of the emperor Diocletian. Soon thereafter, Diocletian declared a persecution of the Christians. St. George refused to take part in the persecution, gave all his possessions to the poor and confessed his Christianity to the emperor. The emperor ordered the arrest and torture St. George. When St. George refused to renounce his Christianity, he was beheaded along with Alexandra, the emperor’s wife who converted to Christianity and chose the martyred death. “And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his Angels were cast out with him.”- Rev. 12:9. One of the most famous narratives about St George is St. George killing the dragon or serpent. The legend was depicted in numerous paintings, frescoes and icons, dating back to the 12th century. This painting significantly differs from Omiros’ earlier St. George painting. The abundance of green color stands for new beginnings or rebirth of Christianity. Broad strokes of bright white on green look like angel wings and symbolize the light, innocence and purity of Christianity. The fallen serpent represents the devil that fearless St. George destroys with his spear. St. George is dressed in a purple and red robe, which in the Byzantine style is a traditional dress for Important holy figures. Bright red colors behind St. George also signify martyrdom, blood and the terrible tortures he had to withstand on his way to holiness. St. George depicted on a white horse, symbolizes his great victory over the dark evil forces. “And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a spear; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.- Rev 6:2.