Pantocrator

One of twelve paintings in the “What We Believe” Ascension Press series. Prints are available through Ascension here!

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Description

The Final Judgement. Jesus holds a look that is both welcoming and cold, both severe and gentle, both regal and humble.

This is the Final Judgement. We are judged on our lives and how well we searched for and loved God. How well we followed His commandments.

Jesus holds the book of life, open to the page saying “I am the way, the truth, and the life” with the Jerusalem cross (?).

He raises his hand in blessing, fingers forming the letters ICXC, Greek (?) for Jesus. 

How will we approach our death? 

This is one of 12 paintings for the Ascension Press program “What We Believe” found here.

As part of the program I worked closely with the team to come up with each composition, and for this one it was particularly important to emphasize their joy.

Also, if you’re wondering what the symbolism for the red and blue, and the Pantocrator icon itself, the writer is a Byzantine Catholic and we brought in some of the beautiful roots of Byzantine iconography into several of these prints.

In Byzantine iconography, Mary wears blue and is clothed in red because her humanity (red) covered the divinity (blue) of Jesus in her womb. While Jesus wears red and is clothed in blue because his humanity is clothed in his Divinity.

In Western art, Mary wears red for her humanity that is clothed in the blue divine graces she has received as being the Mother of God. But interestingly, Jesus wears the same colors as iconography – if He and Mary appear together, she has a more pink than red dress.

Additional information

Weight 4 oz
Dimensions 12 × 12 × 1 in
Size

8"x8", 12"x12", 16"x16"

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Your Impact

For every order, 10% of all proceeds will go to organizations who provide resources to at risk women before and after birth.

The first is The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford. They area a local organization to me,  providing resources and care for free to women in crisis pregnancies, from ultrasounds to parenting classes to post abortion healing.

The second is the Sisters of Life, a newer religious community founded in 1991 in New York to promote the dignity of every human life. They have houses for women to come live with them during and after their pregnancy as they get back on their feet, as well as counseling for post abortion healing, and other missions.

About the artist

Hi! I’m Monica Skrzypczak; an oil painter and rosary maker with a passion for creating beauty and bringing faith into every home. Feel free to contact me to commission a painting or a custom rosary!

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