Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Altar scene from St. Denis

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This scene, from the same panel at St. Denis (directly below the previous one), shows the altar of the Celestial Temple from the Book of Revelation. The altar is in the middle, flanked by a lamb and lion together, fulfilling Isaiah's prophecy. The altar is surrounded by the same four cherub-creatures as the previous scene--eagle, man, lion and bull. Above the hand of God reaches down to either bless the worshippers or accept the offerings. (The hand of God reaching through the clouds to symbolize divine interaction is quite common in medieval art.) The Latin text at the bottom reads: "Deo fit caro, iuncta Deo" = "God became flesh joined with God."

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