Portfolio - Warrior Saint - Click on image for details
St. Michael, who shares top billing along with St. George and St. Demetrios as the three most famous warrior saints, was one of the most popular military saints in Byzantium. This mosaic, composed in a Byzantine style, portrays the angel-saint dressed in armored splendor. The power of this military image is enhanced by the figure's pose and the way he dominates the space, almost overwhelming it. Clad in a form-fitting corselet flashing with sharp gold highlights, the saint carries a spear in one hand and an orb in another, signifying Christ's dominion over everything. The slightly unbalanced pose of this frontal figure, which serves to characterize the saint as a man of action, is typical of warrior portraits.