At the turn of the 16th century a rare type of the image of Christ Pantocrator (or the Omnipotent) became popular in the Ukraine.
It presents Christ's figure, more often knee-length (sometimes full-length, sitting on the throne), in a characteristic almost frontal posture. He is blessing with His right hand while in His left one He holds the open Book of Gospel.
БР и Иоанн Креститель
Virgin and St John the Baptist
Peculiar for this composition is the representation of half-figures of the Virgin and St John the Baptist flanking the head of the Savior, and of the Twelve Apostles on borders from both sides.
In fact, it is a complete Deesis.
Such composition of the Deesis which comprised a register of the iconostasis is not yet found in Ukrainian art of the period, later,
however, from the latter half of the 16th century, The Deesis included only Christ Pantocrator, the Virgin Mary, St. John the Baptist and the Twelve Apostles, six on each side.