The Presentation in the Temple

14th century
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.