HumanitiesWeb.org - Glossary definition: Gloriole
Gloriole
(or glory)

The circle of radiant light around the heads or figures of God, Christ, the Virgin Mary, or a saint. When it surrounds the head only, it is called a halo or nimbus. When it surrounds the entire figure with a large oval it is called a mandorla, the Italian word for almond.

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