Head of Christ (Bright)

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Origin: Ukraine

Materials: lime board, levkas, egg tempera, gold leaf 23K

Our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ is the incarnate Second Person of the Holy Trinity, the only begotten Son of God, fully God and fully man, born in time of the Virgin Mary and begotten from before all time of God the Father.

Jesus is typically depicted as teacher and philosopher. Like other teachers, he holds a book or scroll.  His gaze is intent, inquiring, both open and inward. His heavenly blue outer garment and earthy red inner garment symbolize
his dual nature. The yellow silk ribbon on his shoulder, a mark of high status in the Roman Empire, denotes the esteem in which we hold him.

His unique halo is marked by a cross and lettering, roughly translatable as “I am who I am.”