Christ Pantocrator (Hagia Sophia) Icon

The Legacy Icon board

The Legacy board is made of durable MDF and has a wooden veneer on the back. Each board is cut and sanded in our shop by our woodworkers.  The corners are routed and a keyhole is placed in the back for easy hanging.

Image Finishes

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.

About this Icon

The mosaic icon of Christ Pantocratorî is part of a larger mosaic of the Deesis inside the Hagia SophiaÍs South Gallery in Constantinople (which is now Istanbul, Turkey). It is believed to have been founded by Constantine the Great.æ It is considered the greatest monument of the Byzantine era that has lasted for over 1000 years. The translation of Pantocrator is ñAlmighty Rulerî, and a Deesis is defined as a traditionalæ 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.

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