Friday, April 17, 2009

The Iconography of Holy Week

Entrance of The Lord into Jerusalem

The Mystical Supper

Notice John with his head on Christ's breast, emphasizing the central love message of his gospel

Crucifixion
Notice the ground beginning to break up at the foot of the cross. The skull is Adam's skull with the blood of Christ running over it. Following the reverse perspective of this icon, the viewer is in the darkness with Adam's skull.

Burial of The Lord

John is in the same posture over Christ's body here as he was at the Mystical Supper. The other men in the icon are Joseph of Arimethea and Nicodemus.

Descent into Hades

Now the ground is completely opened, Satan is bound and Adam and Eve are being pulled up out of Hades. The perspective of this icon places us standing on the gates of hell at the feet of Christ!