Images of Heaven (Paradise)
Some early images of Heaven relied on imagery from the Book of Revelation, as in the apse at St. Praxedes:
Forearch of the apse at St. Praxedes, Rome.
(See the description page for a larger image with commentary.)
In the Renaissance, representations of Heaven were an opportunity to portray a multiplicity of well-known saints, as Saraceni's Paradise (1598) at the top of this page and Jacopo Bassano's painting of the same name from 1578-80.

In a similar image from the 18th century the central figure of St. Michael, holding scales and a scroll, is larger even than the Trinity (Neuerburg, 3).

Prepared in 2021 by Richard Stracke, Emeritus Professor of English, Augusta University.


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