Christ Pantocrator (Hagia Sophia) Icon


About our Icons

Most of our icons are made for each order one at a time and take about 10-14 working days. We do however rush at no charge for realistic requests.Our sizes are APPROXIMATE and we will do our best to get as close to the listed size as we can. We prefer not to crop an image but rather leave the Holy image as close to its original size as possible.  Please leave us a note in your order if you have special sizing requests.

About this Icon

The mosaic icon of “Christ Pantocrator” is part of a larger mosaic of the Deesis inside the Hagia Sophia’s South Gallery in Constantinople (which is now Istanbul, Turkey). It is believed to have been founded by Constantine the Great.  It is considered the greatest monument of the Byzantine era that has lasted for over 1000 years. The translation of Pantocrator is “Almighty Ruler”, and a Deesis is defined as a traditional  representation in Byzantine art of Christ enthroned and flanked by the Virgin Mary and St. John the Baptist.

Christ is portrayed as both the Righteous Judge and the Lover of Mankind. The Gospel is the book by which we are judged, and His merciful blessing expresses loving kindness and a desire to reinstate us to Himself. This mosaic, in the upper South gallery in the Hagia Sophia Church, dates back to 1261and is considered to be a pioneer in Byzantine art in the Renaissance period with its soft tones, the intense humanity, and the emotional realism on the faces of the figures. The face of Jesus is so loving and inviting that the gazer cannot help but feel His love and compassion. The church itself was built on plans well in advance of the times, using new daring vaulting techniques and statics. Nothing like it was ever built before or after.

Board Styles

Our carpenters come from Grand Rapids, Michigan, which is home to the finest furniture makers and carpenters since the 19th century.

The Legacy board is our signature icon board. Our woodcraftsmen begin with hand-chosen poplar and cut it to the desired size. From there, they place oak slats across the back of the board to create a wood base that is second to none. The thicker board (1.25 inches) is like the board of a hand-painted panel icon.

The Standard board is made of durable MDF and has a wooden veneer on the back. If you desire a more affordable icon with a thinner board similar to other reproductions, consider the Standard icon.

Image Finishes

We begin with the finest 100% cotton, PH-neutral, archival museum-quality papers and canvases. Our prints are made in a controlled lab environment, using a special process which took over a decade to perfect. Finally, a series of custom sealants protect the image from fading, sun damage, and ozone by forming a barrier to outside elements.

Unlike other icon duplications, our prints have been environmentally-tested to resist degradation and fading for over 80 years, and in many cases well beyond 100. We do not laminate our icons, as lamination has unpredictable results for image stability. Our mission is to create timeless icons that will last, so you will only have to purchase them once.

Our museum-grade canvas prints have a slight texture, while the museum-grade paper prints are smooth.

 

Need a bigger sized icon?  

We can customize your icon to any size you request.  If you are looking for a size larger than what we have to offer, contact us and we can accommodate your needs. 

The mosaic icon of Christ Pantocrator shown here is part of the large mosaic of the Deesis in the Hagia Sophia's South Gallery. The Hagia Sophia church is believed to have been founded by Constantine the Great. It is considered the greatest monument of the Byzantine era that lasted for over 1000 years. 

The Second Ecumenical Council was convened in Hagia Sophia in 381, during the reign of Theodosius I (378-395). Some twenty years later (404) the people angered by the banishment of John Chrysostom burned down the church . Rebuilt by Theodosius II (408-450) and consecrated in 415, the church was again burnt to the ground by the rioting crowds during the Nika Revolt (532). 

After the repression of the frightful revolt, Justinian conceived the grandiose project of rebuilding the Great Church from its foundations. This time it was to be built on plans well in advance of the times, using new daring vaulting techniques and statics. The men for the task were available. The mathematician Anthemius of Tralles and the architect Isidorus of Miletus worked with imagination and scientific accuracy to create a new design and build a masterpiece that stands unique throughout the centuries. Nothing like it was ever built before or after. 

Source: The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinoplehttp://www.patriarchate.org/ecumenical_patriarchate/chapter_4/html/hagia_sophia__page_1.html

With our Standard Icon, we begin with the finest 100% cotton, PH-neutral, archival museum-quality paper. Our prints are made in our controlled lab using a special process which took over a decade to perfect. Finally, a series of custom sealants protect the image from fading, sun damage, and ozone by forming a barrier to outside elements. We do not laminate our icons, as lamination has unpredictable results for image stability. Our mission is to create timeless icons that will last, so you will only have to purchase them once.

The Legacy Icon is our signature icon. Our woodcraftsmen begin with hand-chosen poplar and cut it to the desired size. From there, they place oak slats across the back of the board to create a wood base that is second to none. We apply our museum-grade canvas prints using our exclusive process to adhere it permanently.

Our prime selected canvas and woods allow for expansion and contraction of the image that will prevent cracking or splitting. Our carpenters come from Grand Rapids, Michigan, which is home to the finest furniture makers and carpenters since the 19th century. Unlike other icon duplications, our prints have been environmentally-tested to resist degradation and fading for over 80 years, and in many cases well beyond 100.



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