Majestas Domini

The Majestas Domini, or Majesty of the Lord, is an iconographic formula which was widely adopted in the Middle Ages, especially in Romanesque and Gothic portals. In the representation, Christ is depicted enthroned and often blessing, in the middle of a mandorla. The mandorla, also known as vesica piscis , i.e., fish bladder, is formed by the intersection of two circles of the same radius; therefore, it represents the earthly and material plane and the spiritual and divine plane coming together. But it could also be a symbol of ichthys, the acronym with which the first Christians indicated Christ, or the almond itself, as the fruit that gives life. On the four sides of Christ in Majesty, the four evangelists, symbols or other saints can be found.