- Mar 8, 2006
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- Portland, Oregon
Look at some Russian icons of the Crucifixion and you'll see the Father pictured at the top of the Cross as an old man with a long white beard. You would be correct in calling this uncanonical--at least this is what I was told by an iconographer friend of mine. But I've seen this. I even have one of these icons at home.montalban said:*It follows on that it is our tradition that the Church doesn't do pictures of God the Father (as Catholics do).
BTW, this same iconographer friend informed me that it is permissible to depict God the Father in icons, just so long as He is pictured as a circular field of blue light. The rule of which I am aware is that each Person of the Holy Trinity can be pictured in icons only in the form in which He revealed Himself to us historically: the Father as a field of light (think Moses and Mt. Sinai), the Son as Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit as a dove at the baptism of Christ or as tongues of fire at Pentecost.