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God through the eyes of two

             When a person creates a religious work of art they use ways to interpret the personality of the God they worship. In the Chi/Rho page from the Lindisfarne Gospels and the "Allah" page from the Album of Sultan Mohammed II of the Conqueror, there are examples of how two different religions interpret their "God" through paintings. The Chi/Rho page from the Lindisfarne Gospels is a Hiberno-Saxon illustration, which dates back to the 8th century. The "Allah" page from the Album of Sultan Mohammed II of the Conqueror is a later piece of art that dates back to the 15th century. This work of art comes from a different religion, place, and time then the Chi/Rho page. The Chi/Rho page is derived from the Christian religion and the "Allah" page is derived from the Muslim religion. These works of art both describe how they view their "God' by illustrating unique lines, objects, colors, tones, and patterns.
             The Chi/Rho page is an extremely well illustrated manuscript. The painting contains three Greek letters called the Chi, Rho, and Iota. These three letters resemble the English letters X, P, and I, which are easily recognizable. The Chi, Rho and Iota are the first three letters of the name of Christ: Christ is the name for the Christian's God. The first letter in the manuscript is the letter Chi. This letter is the most heavily decorated piece in the painting. The Chi is decorated like a Christmas tree. It contains ornamental pieces on the inside and outside of the letter. This letter is decorated with compressed lines, circles, triangles, and many other strange objects. The compressed lines in the manuscript look as if they are moving. The compressed, moving lines appear throughout the whole painting. The painting is describing their view of God, so the compressed, moving lines show that their God is Omniscient. The circles are shown throughout the painting also, thus showing that God is in more then one place at a time.

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