The Ascension

Object Details

Title:

The Ascension

Artist/Maker(s):

Unknown

Culture:

German

Place(s):

Hildesheim, Germany (Place created)

Date:

probably 1170s

Medium:

Tempera colors, gold leaf, silver leaf, and ink on parchment

Dimensions:

Leaf: 28.2 x 18.9 cm (11 1/8 x 7 7/16 in.)

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In the center of the miniature, Christ ascends into heaven forty days after his Resurrection. Gently floating aloft in a dance-like pose, he looks down tenderly at the Virgin Mary and reaches out his hand in blessing. The apostles stand to either side, their hands raised in gestures of amazement. Directly below Christ, King David points up toward the ascending figure. In the corners, four figures from the Old Testament–Elijah, Ezekiel, Enoch, and Moses–represent stories and prophesies from Jewish scripture that Christian commentators understood as prefiguring Christ's Ascension.

Related Works
Exhibitions
The Stammheim Missal (July 21 to October 18 1998)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), July 21 to October 18, 1998
Illuminating Color (May 22 to August 26, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), May 22 to August 26, 2001