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The Sinai Pantocrator

Iconography and the Incarnation, Part 3

By Fr. Mark Perkins

Editor's note: See Part 1 here, Part 2 here, Part 4 here, and Part 5 here.

In this third session of a five-part series titled "Iconography and the Incarnation, Theology and Devotion," I first described some of the standard features of classical iconographic depiction before embarking upon a four-fold reading of the 6th-century Christ Pantocrator icon from St. Catherine's Monastery in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt:

I drew heavily upon an essay by Leonid Ouspensky in The Meaning of Icons and especially the second chapter Maximos Constas's The Art of Seeing. See Part 2 for links to these works, as well as other resources.

Fr. Mark Perkins is Curate at St. Alban's Anglican Cathedral in Oviedo, Florida and Executive Editor of Earth & Altar.


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