Orthodox icon | Christ Pantocrator with the back of the icon bearing the date 1913.
The Orthodox icon Christ Pantocrator embodies the “Almighty” or “all-powerful” nature and commands reverence as the archetype of all icons. Through the Incarnation, Christ actively manifests as the living word and image, portraying the ineffable mysteries and revealing the invisible God.
During the Council of Nicea in 325 Christ’s role as the perfect image of the Father was affirmed. The Pantocrator symbolizes profound meaning within the Byzantine Church and experienced steadfast defense by notable figures such as John of Damascus throughout the iconoclast controversy.
The Western Church features a similar motif called the Majestas Domini (“Glory of the Lord”), evoking the regality of secular rulers.
In this iconic representation, Christ actively bestows blessings, holding the Gospel open with authority. The words “Come to me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28) resonate.
A poliment gilded background and fine gold painting adorn the robe, enhancing its beauty and significance.