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The panel is separated into four sections by a cross-shape. In the centre of the panel Christ is shown crucified at Golgotha. Above him in a celestial cloud is God the Father blessing the scene. At top-left we see the Virgin of Kazan, top right is St Nicholas portrayed as a bishop in half-length, below is the Archangel Michael of the Apocalypse on a red horse and to the right St George, on a white horse, slaying the dragon.
This icon was painted in Kholui, which, along with Palekh and Mstera, was an icon painting centre that produced icons on an industrial scale (sometimes hundreds of icons a day) for pilgrims and the peasantry and was influenced by contemporary Russian folk art. They are simple, humble works, yet 'these popular icons can exude great charm and sincerity', as Wendy R. Salmond writes about the Kholui school.
The current version is very close to another Kholui icon of the same subject in the D. Ekonomopoulos Collection housed in the Museum of Byzantine Culture in Thessaloniki (fig. a).
A further comparison can be made with another Crucifixion in four parts – but with different typologies surrounding the main image - from a Kholui workshop in the Hillwood Museum in Washington (fig. b).