I want to post up another uncanonical NT Trinity icon. This is the one that has been sprouting up in many churches in Greece:
From what I see both depictions are of Christ. They both have the same cross in the halo. The Ancient of Days is labeled just that with no reference to the Father. I also stand by my previous posts that many images of the Father are either mistaken as the Father or simply mislabeled.
I'm quite convinced of it more than ever as I have found the patristic explanation as to why an iconographer would paint dual images of Christ one in incarnate form the other as Ancient of Days in a depiction with the Trinity label:
St Ambrose of Milan (Sermon against Auxentios parag 32):
. But in the church I only know of one Image, that is the Image of the unseen God, of Which God has said: “Let us make man in Our image and Our likeness;” that Image of Which it is written, that Christ is the Brightness of His glory and the Image of His Person. In that Image I perceive the Father, as the Lord Jesus Himself has said: “He that seeth Me seeth the Father.” For this Image is not separated from the Father, which indeed has taught me the unity of the Trinity, saying: “I and My Father are One,” and again: “All things that the Father hath are Mine.” Also of the Holy Spirit, saying that the Spirit is Christ’s, and has received of Christ, as it is written: “He shall receive of Mine, and shall declare it unto you.”
Also read the short chapter 7 of Ambrose Exposition of the Christian faith bk1: NPNF2-10. Ambrose: Selected Works and Letters - Christian Classics Ethereal Library
St Gregory of Nyssa (Against Eunomius bk 6 ch3):
For verily the Right Hand of God was God Himself; manifested in the flesh, seen through that same flesh by those whose sight was clear; as He did the work of the Father, being, both in fact and in thought, the Right Hand of God, yet being changed, in respect of the veil of the flesh by which He was surrounded, as regarded that which was seen, from that which He was by Nature, as a subject of contemplation. Therefore He says to Philip, who was gazing only at that which was changed, “Look through that which is changed to that which is unchangeable, and if thou seest this, thou hast seen that Father Himself, Whom thou seekest to see; for he that hath seen Me—not Him Who appears in a state of change, but My very self, Who am in the Father—will have seen that Father Himself in Whom I am, because the very same character of Godhead is beheld in both *
Edited by Kosta, 20 January 2015 - 07:43 AM.