Religious Icon of the Pantakrator Christ by Helen Prorelis

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Title & comments : Icon of Christ Pantokrator (in Greek, Pantokrator = Who does everything, almighty) exhibited in Moscow Patriarchate.

The iconic image of Christ Pantocrator ("Christ, Ruler of All") was one of the first images of Christ developed in the Early Christian Church and remains a central icon of the Eastern Orthodox Church.

In the half-length image, Christ holds the New Testament in his left hand and makes the gesture of teaching or of blessing with his right.

The oldest known surviving example of the icon of Christ Pantokrator was painted in encaustic on panel in the sixth or seventh century, and survived the period of destruction of images during the Iconoclastic disputes that racked the Eastern church, 726 to 787 and 814 to 842, by being preserved in the remote desert of the Sinai, in Saint Catherine's Monastery.

Size of the icon presented above : Height 38 cm - Width 30 cm

Technique : Tempera on wood and thin sheets of genuine gold

Author of this icon : Helen Prorelis

Item number : H030

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