Looking at the painting, the spectator plunges into the world of ancient gospel symbols. Central of them is fish, a holy symbol of Jesus. Early Christians used the Greek word ichthus, â€œfish,â€ as the abbreviation of the formula â€œJesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour.â€ The crusaders appear before us in a â€œfishâ€ battle array. We could recall the phalanx of Alexander the Great or the â€œswineâ€ array of Vikings and German knights. Still, the shields of warriors are painted not redâ€”the color of battle rageâ€”but blue reflecting the peaceful blueness of sea and sky. And in banks of clouds hovering over the Sea of Galilee we could guess the airy palaces and towers of Heavenly Jerusalem.
14.5" x 29"