a medieval minute: halos

A cross in the halo indicated Christ.

A cross in the halo indicated Christ.

Mary's halos were often ornate.

Mary’s halos were often ornate.

Even the Magi have halos in this painting by Fra Angelico.

Even the Magi have halos in this painting by Fra Angelico.


Angels with halos.

Angels with halos.


Saints with halos.

Saints with halos.


An early square halo.

An early square halo.


Sacred or holy persons in the iconography of many religions are surrounded by halos. A halo is a nimbus or ring of light. In medieval art, Christ usually has a cross in his halo. Saints and the Virgin Mary had halos. Even angels in medieval art had halos. In early Christianity, some halos were square.

To learn more about halos:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halo_(religious_iconography)

My medieval novels are available on Amazon:
https://www.amazon.com/Viscounts-Daughter-Narbonne-Inheritance/dp/1492113301

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About medievalphyllis

I love history and I love writing. I've been working on an historical novel about a medieval viscountess, Ermengarde of Narbonne since 2009. It has been quite a journey and the journey isn't over. Previously I written 6 historical novels for kids, but this is a new challenge.
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