The “Eye of Providence” is a symbol displaying an eye often within a triangle and encircled with rays of light and/or with clouds. “It is sometimes interpreted as representing the eye of God watching over humankind (or divine providence).”  It has a long history, found in settings both secular and religious; a controversial symbol as there are various interpretations about its origins and meaningâ€”some seeing it as good, and others associating it with evil.
Focusing on what we concretely can see, the “Eye of Providence” is commonly viewed on the back of $1 bills as part of the Great Seal of the United States, on the coat of arms of BrasĹ‚aĹ, Belarus and Kalvarija, Lithuania; the seal of the State of Colorado, The University of Mississippi, University of Chile, and elsewhere.
Top: A beautiful tattoo of the all-seeing eye of God by BANG BANG.
Butterflies and divine light; ink by Jonny Breeze.
The minimalist “Eye of Providence” by Valentin Hirsh.
Another one by Hirsch, this time he stacks graphical elements like a totem pole.
Simple and elegant: the linework of Turkish artist Bicem Sinik.
Black outlining, no shading; the beautiful chest piece by Thomas Hooper.
A stormy neo-traditional design by David J. Wilson.
Left: Another amazing eye by BANG BANG (NYC). Right: The geometric, metaphysical tattoo of Thomas Sinnamond (via Tattrx).
The otherworldly, surrealist art of Ien Levin.
Double vision: “Eye of Providences” by Chaim Machlev.
Spiritual stag by Miguel Lepage from Saving Grace Tattoo studio.
Webography: 1. "Eye of Providence." Wikipedia. Retrieved on November 16, 2015. "Eye of Providence." About Religion.
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