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ID: 901000655
Page link: http://vocab.getty.edu/page/ia/901000655
Record Type: Event/Narrative

Saint Nicholas Giving Gold to the Three Maidens (Christian iconography)

Note: Narrative of Nicholas throwing purses of gold or golden balls through a window, in the bedroom of three maidens whose father was too poor for dowries, saving them from an unmarried life and possible prostitution. He delivered the gifts by stealth in order to avoid humiliating the father.

Names:
Saint Nicholas Giving Gold to the Three Maidens (Christian iconography) (preferred,English-P,D,P)
Saint Nicholas Providing Dowries (Christian iconography) (English,U,P)
St. Nicholas and the Maidens (Christian iconography) (English,U,P)
Nicholas Giving Dowries for the Widower’s Three Daughters (Christian iconography) (English,U,P)
San Nicola done tre palle d'oro a tre fanciulle povere (Christian iconography) (Italian-P,D,P)

Hierarchical Position:
Legend, Religion, Mythology (P)
....<Christian iconography> (P)
........<Other Christian narratives> (P)
............Life of Saint Nicholas (Christian iconography) (I)
................Saint Nicholas Giving Gold to the Three Maidens (Christian iconography) (P)
Other Relationships:
actor is .... Nicholas of Myra, Saint (bishop, saint, 270-343, in Asia Minor)
.....(Non-Artists) (ULAN)
role/characteristic is .... hagiography (work)
.....(biographies (literary works), genres for literature, genres in literature and performing arts, concepts in the arts and humanities, Associated Concepts (hierarchy name)) (AAT)
culture/religion is .... Christianity
.....(Abrahamic religions, religions (belief systems, cultures), religions and religious concepts, Associated Concepts (hierarchy name)) (AAT)
topic is .... dowries
.....(property (legal concept), property and related concepts, legal concepts, social science concepts, Associated Concepts (hierarchy name)) (AAT)

Sources:
Saint Nicholas Giving Gold to the Three Maidens (Christian iconography)
................Morgan Library and Museum [online] (2000-)
................Catholic Encyclopedia [online], republished from 1913 edition (2003-)
Saint Nicholas Providing Dowries (Christian iconography)
................Metropolitan Museum of Art [online] (2001-)
St. Nicholas and the Maidens (Christian iconography)
................Catholic Encyclopedia [online], republished from 1913 edition (2003-)
Nicholas Giving Dowries for the Widower’s Three Daughters (Christian iconography)
................British Museum [online] (1999-)
San Nicola done tre palle d'oro a tre fanciulle povere (Christian iconography)
................ICCD database (1988-)
Iconography Record Sources:
................ Iconclass 2100 Browser (2009-) 11H(NICHOLAS) the bishop Nicholas of Myra (or Bari); possible attributes: anchor, boat, three golden balls (on a book), three purses, three children in a tub, three maidens
................ Catholic Encyclopedia [online], republished from 1913 edition (2003-)
................ Metropolitan Museum of Art [online] (2001-) http://metmuseum.org/exhibitions/view?exhibitionId={d71e0eda-b10d-4524-9704-62a170349d21}&oid=435668
................ Morgan Library and Museum [online] (2000-) http://www.themorgan.org/collection/hours-of-henry-viii/45
................ National Gallery of Art London [online] (2000-) https://www.nationalgalleries.org/collection/artists-a-z/d/artist/gerard-david/object/three-legends-of-saint-nicholas-ng-2213

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