This icon is used in a deesis composition on an alter screen. The name ” The Arch Angel Michael Icon draws attention to the archangel’s senior rank in the celestial army. The cryptogram in the sphere held by Michael is interpreted as “Christ the Righteous Judge”.
Oh, to paint that large on wood that old.
It was a marvelous to see these old original saintly icons. Contemporary iconographers reproduce these images with no awareness of their awesome power till you stand before one. Books barely give them the recognition they deserve. Arch Angel Michael Icons are found around the world, few are as fine as the originals!
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