The Presentation in the Temple
Pomposa Abbey, Codorigo, Italy
The less formal aesthetic of the 14th century is evident in Simeon's uncovered hands and the baby's reaction to his approach. Anna is on the right, St. Joseph on the left with the basket of doves. The medieval altar refers to the sacrifice on the Cross for which the Christ Child came. At its back is a small polyptych, the style of altarpiece that was favored in 14th century.
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Photographed at Pomposa Abbey by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.