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Q. 1. What is the meaning of the halo in Catholic art?

A. 1. The halo, also known as a nimbus, is shaped geometrically, usually in the form of a disk, a circle, a ring, or a rayed structure. According to Catholic tradition, the halo represents a radiant light around or above the head of a divine, holy or greatly exalted person such as Christ, the angels, and the saints.

Symbolically, the halo represents a disk of light around a figure that is considered to be in the kingdom of light. The halo is also associated with holiness, innocence and spiritual power.

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