Christ in majesty

The Deesis mosaic in the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople The Pantocrator figure first became half-length because large versions filled the semi-dome of the apse of many, if not most, decorated churches. Christ also holds a book and makes the blessing gesture, no doubt under Byzantine influence.

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In the Romanesque period the twenty-four elders of the Christ in majesty are often seen. This development is related to the genesis, also in the 4th century, of the Traditio Legis iconographic type, in which the enthroned Christ entrusts the Law to Paul and the "keys of Christ in majesty kingdom" to Peter.

Such depictions tend not to be described as "Christ in Majesty", although they are the linear development of Christ in majesty earlier image; the main subject has become the human events in the foreground, such as the martyrdom of a saint, to which Christ is now a rather distant witness.

In later images angels are added to the entourage as in the image above or replace the saints entirely example. A Christ in Majesty became standard carved in the tympanum of a decorated Gothic church portal, by now surrounded by a large number of much smaller figures around the archivolts.

In painting, the Ghent Christ in majesty is the culmination of the Gothic image, although a minority of art historians believe that in this case it is God the Fathernot Christ, who is shown in majesty. He is also enthroned in Last Judgment images from at least the 6th century.

In this apse from the 11th or 12th century, he is represented by both the cross and his own face. After the 12th century it became less common in the West, where images of the Madonna Enthroned gained popularity.

Other Imperial depictions of Christ, standing as a triumphing general, or seated on a ball representing the world, or with different companions, are found in the next centuries.

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From the late Renaissance and through the Baroque, it often forms the upper part of a picture depicting events on earth in the lower register, and as stricter perspective replaces the hieratic scaling of the Middle Ages, Christ becomes literally diminished. In some cases, Christ was represented symbolically by an enthroned cross example.

The Christ Pantocrator became a common feature of Eastern apse mosaics example. Christ in Judgement[ edit ] Florentine mosaic Last Judgement of about A variant figure, or the same figure in a different context, of Christ as Judge, became common in Last Judgementsoften painted on the west rear wall of churches.

Paul Outside the Walls in Rome. By at least the late 5th century this iconographic type had diffused as far as Milan example and Alexandria example and even to an Arian facility in Ravenna.


By the seventh century the Byzantine Christ Pantocrator holding a book representing the Gospels and raising his right hand has become essentially fixed in the form it retains in Eastern Orthodoxy today.

From the latter part of the fourth century, a still beardless Christ begins to be depicted seated on a throne on a daisoften with his feet on a low stool and usually flanked by Saints Peter and Pauland in a larger composition the other apostles.

Generally the Pantocrator has no visible throne, but the earlier Deesis does, and at least a single-step dais. Portrayed half-height, Christ looks directly at the viewers and blesses them with his right hand. An important exception is the apse mosaic at St. The gesture Christ makes has become one of blessing, but is originally an orators gesture Christ in majesty his right to speak.

A full-length figure would need to be greatly reduced for the head to make maximum impact from Christ in majesty distance because of the flattening at the top of the semi-dome. This "seems to have been almost the only theme of apse -pictures" in Carolingian and Ottonian churches, all of which are now lost, although many examples from the period survive in illuminated manuscripts.

In some cases Christ hands a scroll to St Peter on his right, imitating a gesture often made by Emperors handing an Imperial decree or letter of appointment to an official, as in ivory consular diptychson the Arch of Constantineand the Missorium of Theodosius I.

In Early Medieval Western art the image was very often given a full page in illuminated Gospel Booksand in metalwork or ivory on their covers, and it remained very common as a large-scale fresco in the semi-dome of the apse in Romanesque churches, and carved in the tympanum of church portals.

In Russia a version with a full-height Christ was adopted by iconographers in the 12th and 13th centuries for use on the iconostasis example. In the 6th-century apse at San VitaleRavenna, the "throne" is a globe representing the universe.

The Deesis continues to appear in Western art, but not as often or in such an invariable composition as in the East. Generally Christ still looks straight forward at the viewer, but has no book; he often gestures with his hands to direct the damned downwards, and the saved up.

Later versions will have the image in a mandorla or circle example. The central group of the Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus of Vatican is the earliest example with a clear date. In his left he holds a book.

This depiction is known as the Traditio legis "handing over the law"or Christ the lawgiver - "the apostles are indeed officials, to whom the whole world is entrusted" wrote Saint John Chrysostom. Revised, In later images he can be flanked by the symbols of the four evangelists example or by various other saints.

Another early type had Christ treading on a lion and a serpent examplereflecting Psalm 90 Romanesque illuminated manuscript Gospel Bookc.Jesus Christ, majesty of The glorious splendour of Jesus Christ’s royal authority belongs to him by right and is reaffirmed through his exaltation to the Father’s right hand.

Jesus Christ shared in God’s majesty before time began. In this gilded copper representation, Christ holds a jeweled Bible and his feet rest on an ornate enamel plaque.

This Christ in Majesty served as the centerpiece of an ensemble of 52 saint and apostle figures. Media in category "Christ in Majesty" The following files are in this category, out of total. Huge eyed and solemn, the figure of Christ in majesty dominates the composition.

The inscription in the book he holds reinforces Christ’s centralization in Christian art and doctrine: “I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh into the Father but by me.”.

Christ in Majesty is the centerpiece of the Great Upper Church.

Christ in Majesty

At 3, square feet and containing nearly 3 million tiles, it is the one of the largest mosaics of Jesus in the world. John de Rosen designed the image in the Eastern Christian tradition of the Pantocrator, meaning the Ruler of All, or.

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