Apse of Sant Climent de Taüll

 

Apse of Sant Climent de Taüll

 

Apse of Sant Climent de Taüll

The Christ in Majesty holds a book in the left hand with the legend “EGO SUM LUX MUNDI”, that is to say, ‘I am the light of the world, as it was habitual in Romanesque iconography.  These words are of the evangelist of Saint John.  The light is interpreted as the Verb, the Word that gives life and is the beginning of everything; it is also the word of the prophets which illuminated the apostles, the truth that the knowledge of God reveals to us.  On other occasions, such as in the Canopy of Tavèrnoles, the inscription that appears in the book held by Christ in Majesty is another: “EGO SUM VIA VERITAS ET VITA”, ‘I am the truth and the life’. This representation of Christ in Majesty with the book in the left hand and surrounded by symbols of the four evangelists doesn’t only belong to mural painting, but also appears in painting of the altarpiece,  as can be seen in the Canopy of Tost.

 

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