MOSAIC ARTIST, Italian
(active 1175-1200 in Venice)
Ascension cupola (detail)1175-1200
Basilica di San Marco, Venice
Seated on a gold arc of light in front of a starry sky, Christ has raised his right hand in benediction as four graceful angels carry him aloft. In a radial arrangement around this central motif the Virgin, two flanking angels, and the twelve apostles point upward.