Zachary Roesemann

Christ in Majesty

Egg tempera and gold on board
36 x 52 inches

This image depicts Christ enthroned in glory, surrounded by the heavenly beings and brilliant with the light of heaven. Based on a model first executed in this form by Theophanes the Greek in the late 14th century (but possibly dating back as far as the 5th century), this icon is rich in symbolism, particularly from the books of Isaiah and Revelation.

Christ, seated on a throne and robed in gold indicating His divinity, raises his hand in blessing. The text in the open book is from the Gospel of Matthew: “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy-burdened, and I will give you rest.” Seraphim and cherubim swirl in adoration around the throne; four winged creatures, symbolizing the four Evangelists, carry the Gospel to the four corners of the world.

Commissioned by the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Burlington, Vermont, it was consecrated there in January 2009.