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The Theophany icon, 16th century
In this icon, called Epiphany (“revelation” in ancient Greek) of the Holy Trinity, also known as Theophany (“revelation of God” in ancient Greek), the writer tried to arrange subjects in order to stress the paradox that Jesus Christ might be revealed as God through an act of submission to a mere man (John). John is the one doing the baptizing but is shown as bent over in reference of Christ to stress that paradox. On the right side of the river stands a group of saints awaiting to welcome the newly baptized Christ in order to clothe him.

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