Carlo Pellicani, after Carlo Buzzi
Jacob's Ladder

1807-13
Marble
West façade, Milan Cathedral

This panel pictures Genesis 28:10-15, Jacob's dream of angels going up and down a ladder to Heaven. As in the text, his head rests on a stone. The message that he hears from God, "the land, wherein thou sleepest, I will give to thee and to thy seed," is signified by the streams of light reaching from the cloud.

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