Thursday, 08 September 2011 14:43
The scrupulous attention to detail in Byzantine art ensured that the Mocking would be represented, but the triumphant spirit of Eastern icons downplays Christ’s humiliation. In such images, Jesus stands at the center of a symmetrical composition, taller than His tormenters and holding Himself firmly upright with a tranquil expression. He often raises His hand in blessing, aloof from the situation around Him.
These static pieces, intended for meditation, do not concern themselves with drawing the viewer into the story, but work to extol Jesus’ grandeur in rising above His persecutors. They bear great similarity to the Byzantine Crucifixes where Jesus is presented alive on the cross, having already conquered death. The red cross of the Resurrection emblazoned on His halo underscores the victorious element in the panel.