Iconography Through the Ages: Pt. 1
20th Century: The Black Velvet of Truck Stops
That's Jesus on the left and Elvis on the right. Or not Elvis, but whomever is depicted on the right appears to be sporting a nimbus larger than Jesus'. How is this so? If nimbus size can be correlated proportionally to holiness, the figure on the right must be exceedingly holy. In fact, given our previous assertion regarding nimbus size, you simply cannot get any holier than the figure depicted next to Jesus.
Who is depicted to the right of Jesus? It's difficult to ascertain, but let's conjecture.
We can safely conclude, after a cursory study of contemporary iconography, that the figure depicted on the left side of the painting is indeed Jesus and relative to Jesus' frame of reference - not ours, the viewers - the figure sporting the larger nimbus is on Jesus' left side. However, from the frame of reference of the figure on the right side of the picture, who must be at Jesus' left side, Jesus must be on his right side. To further conjecture, if the two figures are in fact seated, then Jesus' is seated on the right side of the figure depicted on the right side of the picture. You can draw your own conclusion; this posting is, perhaps, becoming too profane. Here's a clue: click here
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Next: Iconography through the Ages: Pt. 2
14th Century: The Mosaics of Hagia Sofia