Saturday, February 25, 2006
The black halo
Speaking of Judas, from the St Matthias post, here is one of the most interesting pictures I have seen from Christian art. Normally, when Judas is depicted, he is distinguished from the other apostles and saints because he has no halo (or "nimbus"). This is the only case I've seen where he's depicted with a black halo. Kinda creepy. Judas is in the front, second from the left. Notice he's holding the purse in his hand. No comment about what he's sitting on (let the reader understand).
As you may be aware, Judas Iscariot has undergone something of a rehabilitation in an effort for scholars to understand why de did what he did. You can also read more about it here.