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Initial V: The Ascension
Master Michael (Austrian, active about 1420 until the mid-15th century)
about 1420 - 1430
Tempera colors, gold leaf, and ink on parchment
Leaf: 41.9 x 31 cm (16 1/2 x 12 3/16 in.)
An initial V marks the Introit for the Ascension, framing an image of Jesus' feet as he ascends into the clouds. This close-up view forces the viewer to see the event as if actually present as a witness. The text continues to the right of the initial: [V]iri Galilei ... (Men of Galilee...).