Christ the King of Glory
The icon of Christ the King of Glory offers a unique prototype within the iconographic tradition. It’s the image of Christ laid in the tomb, or to put it more bluntly, the icon of Christ’s dead body. This offers a challenge to the iconographer, as the eyes are painted closed. In all other cases of which I’m aware, the saint always meets us with open eyes. It is the icon of Holy Saturday. The day between Good Friday and Pascha (Easter) Sunday—when Christ’s body was in the grave. To read more about this icon of Christ the King of Glory, please read the article, Christ the King of Glory.