carved ivory Deesis image; 12th century, artist unknown; Louvre Museum, Paris, France; photographed in 2005 by Marie-Lan Nguyen; swiped from Wikimedia CommonsDerivation

  • Greek: deêsis, prayer


In Byzantine art, the Deësis is a traditional representation of Christ Pantocrator enthroned, flanked by the Virgin Mary and Saint John the Baptist, and sometimes angels.

MLA Citation

  • “Deësis”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 8 February 2015. Web. 21 January 2019. <>