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Dominika said:
Maybe not so strange, jut a bit unusual.






The middle one is of the Procession of the Cross on August 1st.
 

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I actually would have said somewhere in Eastern Europe.
 

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Dominika said:
I think it has been already posted, but I'm not sure:
Its from the cretan school you can see some catholic elements in their iconography
 

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I like it too. There is a guy with a long stick and on the end there is a round substance.  I cant make it out.
 

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That's by Ioan Popa. You can see some of his other work here: https://www.orthodoxartsjournal.org/towards-a-great-pictorial-synthesis-interview-with-ioan-popa/
 

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Iconodule said:
That's by Ioan Popa. You can see some of his other work here: https://www.orthodoxartsjournal.org/towards-a-great-pictorial-synthesis-interview-with-ioan-popa/
Great! I've seen some of them earlier, but didn't know the artist. Thanks for posting this! :)
 

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I'm torn about it. The words "Christian body horror" keep popping into my head.

Of course, on the other hand, the Cross IS inherently a pretty gruesome thing and it's good to be reminded of that at times, imo.
 

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Jackson02 said:
LizaSymonenko said:
I've never seen a "black" halo before.

I don't see anything wrong with it.
I agree.  I also don't think there's anything wrong with it... I've just never seen "darkness" depicted in a halo.  Halos are supposed to represent God's Light shining from the entity.... darkness doesn't "shine"....however, I think it is pretty symbolic.
 

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hecma925 said:
It looks like Non-Saint Judas is carrying a sack of money.
Not sure if that sack contains exactly 30 pieces of silver, or if that is only the Apostles' treasury he would keep and embezzle funds from. Could be either.
 

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LizaSymonenko said:
I've never seen a "black" halo before.

Oh, indeed.

But it's a perfect commentary to the Church hymns.

Troparion of the Great Thursday and of the Great Friday Matins:
When the glorious disciples were enlightened at the supper during the washing of the feet,
then Judas the ungodly one was stricken and darkened with the love of silver.


And the fourth antiphon of the Great Friday Matins:
Today Judas forsakes the Master and accepts the devil:
he is blinded by the passion of avarice
and darkened he falls from the Light.
For how could he see, who sold the Light for thirty pieces of silver?
But He who suffered for the world has shone upon us as the dawn.
To Him, let us cry:
O Thou who sufferest with men and for their sakes, glory to Thee.
 

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I really love it when little details of hymnography and iconography happen to line up like that :)
 

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Interestingly, I’ve seen Judas depicted with a regular halo at the Toledo Museum of Art

According to the docent, this is to disguish the scene as “spiritual” from the “worldly” patron below.
 
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