An aureole (from Latin for "gold") is a halo that envelopes the whole body, signifying a greater degree of sanctity and divine power than a regular halo. It is also known as a mandorla (from the Italian for "almond").
The aureole or mandorla is often used for Christ in representations of the Transfiguration, Ascension and Last Judgment as well as in depictions of the Assumption of Mary and sometimes the Virgin and Child. It is especially frequent in portal sculpture on churches.
- "Mandorla." Peter and Linda Murray, Oxford Dictionary of Christian Art (2004).
- Aureole illustration by Walter E. Gast.