The Ascension with Saints

Carved lintel
Franciscan Museum, Dubrovnik, Croatia

In the center Christ sits on a throne in a mandorla that two angels are lifting up to Heaven. Both his hands are formed into the blessing configuration. The Virgin Mary is at the center of the onlookers below, even though she is not mentioned in the biblical account of the Ascension (Acts 1:9).

On the left St. Francis of Assisi receives the stigmata. The saint on the right is not dressed as a Franciscan. He appears to be watching at a ledge as a monastery falls down, or possibly he is keeping it from falling. In the Golden Legend both St. Benedict and St. Dominic are said to have revived brothers who were hit when monastery walls fell in, but neither is said to have preserved or repaired the walls.

Strictly speaking, there should be eleven apostles. In Acts 1, Matthias is not chosen as Judas's replacement until after the Ascension.

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Photographed at the museum by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.