A post on the Feast of the Ascension from our Bible Study Forum.
While Jesus was going and [the apostles] were gazing up toward heaven, suddenly two men in white robes stood by them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking up toward heaven? This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.” Acts 1:10-11 NRSV
The Ascension of Christ, illumination on parchment, 6th century,
Master of the Rabbula Gospels.
Commentary by Hovak Najarian
During the sixth century, artists were approximately eight hundred years away from being able to create pictorial depth through linear perspective. In addition to technical limitations, artists faced decisions about how Jesus would be depicted and how angels would fly. How would a person’s inner light be represented? Creating a composition required decisions as well; how was it to be organized?
Pictorial depth in, TheAscension of Christ, an illuminated Syriac…
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