A window through which we can contemplate the divine
The plate is a rectangle. The number of sides (4) is an allusion to the four cardinal points and means that the message which God our Almighty Father wishes to communicate is pointed in all directions. It is, therefore, a message for the whole world.
The rectangular shape symbolizes a window on the Divine, which you can open from the earth: that window has an inside gilded frame. The gold symbolizes eternal light. The icon, therefore, is a window through which the divine can be contemplated. It is here that we can contemplate our Father.
There is a small red border that surrounds the outer frame of the plate. What does that small red border symbolize? It symbolizes the blood Jesus Christ shed on the cross. We can enjoy the beneficial effects of that blood through the gift of the Holy Spirit. On His forehead we see a white shape, like a dove, and its open wings are above His eyebrows. None of the three Divine Persons of the Holy Trinity works without the involvement of the other two. Therefore, it is the icon of the Father, but we immediately notice that the Son and the Holy Spirit are also present.
The three kingdoms of nature are represented in the materials used to illustrate the plate bearing the image.
This is a detail that shouldn’t be neglected, in order to understand the wealth of meaning contained in the icon.
The vegetable kingdom is represented by the wood, while the animal kingdom is represented by the shell powder and rabbit skin glue which are used to produce the plate varnish (finish), and by the egg with which the paint is spread.
The mineral kingdom is represented in the colors, which are metal oxides, ochres and gold.
The plate is like a crib, prepared to receive a mystery, just as God prepared creation in order to receive its king: man, who is the king of creation.
In the background of the simple bench on which God our Almighty Father is seated there is an opacity: the color is almost black, ashen, and not uniform. It is also present on the upper background where there is writing. This color tells about Eden, the garden of delight, where something like a fog settled down, resulting in a long winter caused by the attitude of the heart of man, who wanted to decide for himself what is good and what is evil.
The space under the bench is also darkened by the fog of man’s sin.