Deesis


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De`e´sis

    (dė`ē´sĭs)
n.1.(Rhet.) An invocation of, or address to, the Supreme Being.
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1); the 14th-century steel helmet with gold figural inlay of the Deesis (Fig.
The room will showcase icons related to iconostases (or altar screen decorated with icons) in the museum collection, including a mid-1500s "Festival Row" deesis, a large scale "Mother of God," circa mid-1600s, a masterpiece "Not Made By Hands," circa mid-1500s, which would have capped the crest of an iconostasis wall, and a number of significant, new, folding iconostases used by priests visiting ill parishioners in outlying regions, distant from churches and in need of spiritual succor.
Christian iconography, in both the East and the West, frequently reflects the privileged position of the Baptist among the saints, particularly in the Deesis or "Intercession" where Christ in majesty is flanked on his right by the Virgin Mary and on his left by the forerunner John, both of whom plead with the heavenly King for the members of the Church militant.
Roy, "The Roman Canon: Deesis in euchological form," in Benedict XVI and the Sacred Liturgy.
the deesis tier, the painted prayer, aloft the confessing
She dismisses the frequent identification of the central figure of the Deesis as God the Father.
At the same time, the questions I provide get students to think about other figures of vehemence that Melville puts in the mouth of the first mate to give him a Shakespearean eloquence matched only by Ahab's (such as apostrophe, hyperbaton, deesis, ominatio, and certain devices of repetition).
Conversely, Raphael must on occasion have contributed to the design of works wholly executed by the workshop--take Giulio's Deesis (Christ in Glory with Saints), for which a preliminary drawing by Raphael has survived.
4); after the 9th century he is normally shown as a military saint, wearing armour and carrying a weapon, and would here complement the archangel at the top to provide a guardian in human form for the deesis.
14) Here, the obverse face has just the same decorative forms as on our cross, combined with roundels in relief; these also form a deesis (albeit in vertical form) and further portraits are of the two archangels, Michael and Gabriel, rather than Michael and St Theodore.
3) Here, the basic Deesis of three figures has been expanded by the inclusion of half-figures of the archangels Michael and Gabriel, hovering above with their hands veiled, and on the inner wings of the triptych by standing figures of the 12 apostles.
22) In 1077 the historian Attaleiates, writing about the church of Christ Panoiktirmonos at Constantinople, mentions that in the middle of its iconostasis (templon) were the Deesis and scenes from the life of the Forerunner, (23) showing that icons representing the Baptist and scenes from his life--formed part of its decoration.