The Rogers Family Collection of
Greek and Russian Icons
Greek, 16th C.
Christ as Pantocrator
Tempera on wood
17 5/8" x 11 1/4" x 1 1/2"
UWM Art Collection, 1983.040AH
Gift of Frederick Van D. Rogers
Christ as Pantocrator, the Divine Creator and Redeemer of the world, is one of the most characteristic presentations of Christ after the Iconoclastic Controversy (726-843 AD). Inscribed on his halo is OΩN, meaning 'the Eternal' or 'the Being', which became part of the cruciform halo of Christ around the late 13th century. In the upper medallions appear common abbreviations for the name Jesus Christ, and in the lower inscriptions identify the subject as the Pantocrator.