Christ the King, central panel of festal white high altar frontal
Ethel Barton , Melbourne, 1926

Christ the King, central panel

The central panel of the festal white altar frontal shows Christ crowned as king and vested as priest, reigning from the cross which is depicted as a tree of life. The precise source for the image is unclear, as such imagery, which is common visually, also appears in a number of significant early Latin hymns for Passiontide and Holy Week. As a regular worshipper, Ethel Barton would have been familiar with such texts in the translations in the English Hymnal.

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