Folder of 2 prints from the Bible of St. Louis: Pantocrator

2 identical illuminations

Folder of 2 prints from the Bible of St. Louis: Pantocrator 2 identical illuminations


The opening full-page miniature represents the Pantocrator, God the Creator of the universe. A grandiose, four-leaved mandorla, profiled in green and orange, surrounds the robust figure. God is resting, seated upon a throne, dressed in a light brown tunic with a blue cloak. In his right hand he holds the tools of his work, a huge compass, whose arms end in metallic points: one stuck into the centre of the universe and the other, the outer perimeter. In his left hand he holds a globe, which shows scenes of utter chaos in its interior. Within this orbed cosmos, where the laws of disorder still reign, four angelic creatures carry out the creator’s orders and help him in his work. The Lord, with blue eyes, a bushy blonde beard and hair of the same colour, appears relaxed, youthful, with three rays emanating from the halo around his head. His feet rest upon a golden arch. There is no place for landscape; there is no type of structured perspective on more than one plane. The background of the mandorla that has not been painted is filled with polished gold. The mandorla is held on the outside by four angels, the two above in an inverted posture, those below in an upright position, all on a background of polished gold.



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