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Cruciform Aureole

Cruciform aureole is the name given to an aureole or halo which forms the shape of a cross.

In Christus' 'Portrait of a Young Man' the illuminated scroll includes a depiction of Christ with such an aureole. The aureole itself illustrates his divinity, while its shape alludes to the cross on which he was crucified.

Portrait of a Young Man
Petrus Christus
1450-60
 
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