OIL ON CANVAS. ORIGINAL SIZE 15x30 in
- The fish is an ancient symbol for Christ.
- The first Christians used the ancient Greek word ἰχθyς (ichthus, "fish") as a metaphor of His divine name, by turning its letters into an acronym for Ιησοῦς Χριστός Θεος Υἱός Σωτήρ (Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior).
The artist portrays a detachment of crusaders drawn in the
form of a fish.
Throughout history, it has been common for a military
formation to have metaphorical significance. Recall the
phalanx of Alexander the Great in which a group of soldiers
held a tight formation, or the boar, a wedge-shaped
formation from which the Vikings and
threw themselves into battle.
However, the shields of the warriors in the painting –
the scales so to speak – are not in the red color of fury,
but reflect the peaceful azure of sky and sea. In the banks
of clouds hanging over the Sea of Galilee, our imaginations
can make out the airy courts and towers of the heavenly