Testimonies of true Christian perseverance, reflected in the feats of saints, served as models for many generations of Russian people, who, since Medibar times, were inspired to follow in their path. This can be illustrated by the story of Sts. Boris and Gleb, princes and martyrs, who were the first to be canonized in Russia. The exhibition includes several icons depicting them, and their earliest illustrated Life, which has come down to us as part of the so-called "Sylvestrovski Collection" of the second half of the fourteenth century.
Russian people prayed before the images of their holy patrons, in honor of which they were baptized; they expected to be healed by renowned wonder-workers; they asked for divine help from those saints who were believed to be most efficient in a specific field. Veneration of saints was an important part of everyday life in early Russia, and led to the appearance of an enormous number of their images in various arts and genres.