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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe, but in reality we know that Jesus was a strapping blond fellow from Oxford. :roll:

There are practical rules about artistic depictions. For example the Virgin Mary is often depicted wearing blue. Blue was held for the most venerated being as the indigo pigment was very expensive, more so than gold or saffron. So by painting her in blue we are told of her importance.

I have a love of iconography, one aspect which really appeals, aside from the act of devotion itself, is that all materials used are natural. Pigment is mixed with egg, gold leaf is used, all natural ingredients are employed for the variety of colour. Whilst this mostly may be due to inheritance, it does add a certain discipline and beauty to the art of iconography.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi Andy,

In reply to your comment about Omar Sharif on the Beeb, he actually didn't turn me on, nor did Paul Newman for that matter, so get running!
     
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 01, 2008 10:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think it was partly iconography, and partly the love of his followers ensure that they will always paint him in an attractive way - attractive to them, and to the audience.

Jesus would have been semitic, but you are right, we rarely see art that portrays him that way.
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 02, 2008 2:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

On the other thread, I think it was Andy who posted a slew of pictures from early Orthodox iconography, and I think the face resembles more the palestinian look than the western, blue-eyed Jesus.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 14, 2014 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Christ is the icon of God, the firstborn over all creation (Col 1:15)

Holy images of Jesus Christ have always been intended to show reality, and as the Bible itself testifies many did not see the reality of Who Jesus is when they met Him (failing to recognize Him as the Messiah/the Son/the Word of God etc.)

Therefore, images of Jesus do not gain anything by being facially or physically accurate. That the Son of God took on our human nature is more important for Christians, and so images that show Jesus in a way the intended audience can empathize with has more worth. Thus, we have blue-eyed Jesus in Russian and northern Europe, and a more swarthy skin around the Mediterranean and the middle East.





The key "features" of Jesus are:

    His name, IHCOYC XPICTOC (Jesus Christ), abbreviated to IC XC about His head.

    The halo, which signifies His holiness, but also contains the Greek letters Ό ώ Ν (omicron, omega, nu) which refers to the name God revealed to Moses: ἐγώ εἰμί ὁ ὢν: “I am He Who is”. This is a declaration of Christ's divinity.

    The green and red robes signify divinity (red) having taken on humanity (green), as Jesus did in the Incarnation.

    Over Jesus' right shoulder there is a band of gold; this represents Isaiah's prophesy about the Messiah: the Government shall be upon his shoulder. (Is 9:6)

    The depiction of Christ seated in glory (halo, angels) is called "pantokrator", or "Almighty", one of the titles of Christ used in Revelation (by Jesus Himself). That this is Jesus Christ, the "Almighty" as presented to us in the Book of Revelation also explains the stern look on Christ's face in this particular icon (though with the best images of Jesus, often His expression is in the eye of the beholder and actually shines a light on our own heart and feelings towards Jesus).



I think I will post more images of Jesus in due time, relating to the time of the year (it is Holy Week as I type this).
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 15, 2014 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Christ the Bridegroom



A surprising name for an image which outwardly shows Jesus as He was after being mocked and beaten by Pilate's guards: crowned with thorns, dressed in scarlet robes, given a reed "sceptre", bound at the wrists and mockingly worshiped by the Roman guards.

The crown is used in the Orthodox marriage ceremony, the reed sceptre is a symbol of humility and submission, whilst the binding is also a near-universal symbol of marriage (two people being bound to one another).

This is the Lord of the Christians, Who is the bridegroom of the church and is returning to us, as explained in the parable of the ten virgins.

      Behold, the Bridegroom comes in the middle of the night,
      And blessed is the servant He shall find vigilant;
      But unworthy is he whom he shall find neglectful.
      Beware therefore, O my soul, lest you be weighed down by sleep,
      Lest you be given over to death and be closed out from the kingdom;
      But rise up crying out: “Holy! Holy! Holy are You our God;


The reason Christ "the Bridegroom" is not shown in glory but in humiliation is to remind Christians of what Jesus willingly underwent, out of love, in order to be "married" to the Church.

Christ the Bridegroom services of Holy Week.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 16, 2014 2:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jesus Christ, image of "Extreme Humility"



This image shows Jesus after the Crucifixion, physically dead and within the tomb, bearing the marks of His torture and death - and usually surrounded by the symbols of the crucifixion (cross, nails, spear, sponge soaked with vinegar...)

The name of this icon is "extreme" or "ultimate" humility. The image is describing through Jesus' example what it means to be truly humble:

“At the arrival of unjust persecution, bow your head. At the jeers of false accusations, cross your arms over your heart, whether physically or internally, and gratefully receive what is spitefully offered. And when faced with the question, ‘How far, how far do I tolerate this shame, this injustice’, remember that the answer is the grave. This is what the icon labels ‘Extreme Humility’, and it is humility that we must strive to emulate each day.”
-Hieromonk Irenaeus


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 18, 2014 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Epitaphios (lit: "On the Tomb") Image of Christ



The image of Christ after He has been removed from the Cross, it shows - in effect - the funeral of Jesus. Around Christ's body are the mourners: the Mother of God, John the Evangelist, the other women described as being by the Cross at Jesus' crucifixion and Joseph of Arimethea.

Though Jesus is shown as fully reposed ("given up the ghost"), He is still shown with the halo that represents His divinity and holiness.

This image is often embroidered onto a cloth (called the epitaphios), which is used in processions on Good Friday, the day of Jesus' death. It is kept on display in church (where the Lamentations are sung on Good Friday evening) and then taken to the altar until Easter Sunday, when the Resurrection of Christ is celebrated.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 20, 2014 9:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Resurrection of Jesus



Christ is risen!

Jesus is shown clothed in glory and dynamically raising the elderly Adam and Eve from their tombs. Around them stand the amazed old Testament righteous (and John the Baptist) who preceded Christ into Hades, but now because of Christ's death, they are freed and the gates of paradise are open.

Beneath Christ's feet are the gates of Hell (Hades/Sheol), utterly broken open; inside various locks and chains are now shattered.

Christ is risen from the dead,
Trampling down death by death
And to those in the tombs
He has given life!



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