Master of the Rabbula Gospels
The Ascension of Christ

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Parchment, 13.4 x 10.6 in. (34 x 27 cm.)
Biblioteca Medicea-Laurenziana

This is among the earliest examples of what Dewald calls the "Oriental" type of Ascension image. The upper half with Christ in a mandorla escorted by four angels and iconography adapted from the first chapter of Ezekiel (The multitude of eyes on the red wings of the Seraph are a detail from Revelation 4:6.) and the lower half featuring Mary and the eleven disciples plus St. Paul. It is described in some detail in our page on Ascension iconography.

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