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IN PERSPECTIVE (Decadent type) – As artistic style became more realistic so did the halo. In later works, artists began to portray the halo with more spatial depth to better match the depth created in their paintings. The halo in perspective is often just a single gold line and is usually more elliptical to create the illusion of perspective. Artistic purists do not approve of this form.

RAYED – This halo consists of three sets of three rays enclosed or breaking through a circle. A variant of the tri-radiant halo, it is to be used only with a member of the Trinity.

RAYED (SIMPLE) – This halo substitutes a circular halo with nine rays of light. The rays are placed in groups of three as a sign of the Trinity. It is to be used only with a member of the Trinity.

SCALLOPED – This decorative halo has various rays that radiate outward. The rays end in curves, forming a sort of shell-like appearance.

SCROLL – A variation of the square and rectangular halos.

SQUARE – A square halo symbolizes a person who was alive when the likeness was made. The square halo
was not instituted until the 9th century A.D. and was looked upon as a lesser halo than the circle. The square symbolizes earth while the circle symbolizes Heaven. The square halo is unique to Italian art.


STARRY – A halo with a row of stars symbolizes the Virgin Mary. It is to be used with no other person or deity.

TRI-RADIANT – This halo consists of three bars contained in a circle. It is to be used to represent only a member of the Trinity, usually Jesus.

TRIANGULAR (Equilateral) – This halo was developed intentionally to separate the Father from the Son and Holy Spirit. It is used only to represent a person of the Trinity, typically God the Father. The triangular halo was not instituted until the 11th century A.D. After the 16th century A.D., the image of God the Father ceased being used. Instead, His name in Hebrew (YHWH) is found inside the triangle.

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