Sunday, November 28, 2010

Icon with the Holy Trinity

Title and Date of Work: Icon with the Holy Trinity, Late 16th Century
Name of Artist: Thomas Bathas
Exact Location: The Byzantine and Christian Museum, Athens, Greece
Medium: Oil on Panel
Dimensions: Unknown

     This painting is unique compared to most of the other paintings in this gallery. While all of these pieces of art represent the Trinity in some form or another, this painting depicts both the Father and Son in human form while also including the Holy Spirit as a dove. This is interesting because typically the Father is represented by hands or a ray of light. Furthermore, the fact that the two figures representing God and Jesus are seated next to each other provide a sense that they are in heaven as Scripture says that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God. By depicting all three parts of the Trinity in such a manner helps to provide a greater understanding of this unity that is often otherwise confusing.

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