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The Ascension: M.3-1923

Object information

Current Location: Gallery 32 (Rothschild)


The Ascension


Production: Unknown




The Ascension. Alabaster carved in high relief with traces of the original colour and gilding. Rectangular. In front on the left: the Virgin and St Matthew with a satchel slung over the left shoulder. In front on the right: St John with a palm resting on his left shoulder and raising his right arm, and St Jude with his boat in his left hand. A mound rises behind these figures, on either side of which are seen four more apostles, the most prominent of which is St Bartholomew, holding a large knife in his left hand (his head is lost). Above in the centre is the lower part of the figure of Christ disappearing into clouds.
Colouring: The boulders on which the four front figures kneel still bear traces of the red rosettes that decorated them. Again on the mound above St John's head a red rose is distinguishable. Traces of the original gilding appear on St Jude's beard and hair, and elsewhere throughout the plaque.


History note: 18th May 1923: Collection of Mr Grosvenor Thomas (sale catalogue no. 291)

Legal notes

Given by the Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum

Measurements and weight

Depth: 5 cm
Height: 42.4 cm
Width: 25.1 cm

Relative size of this object

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Place(s) associated

  • Nottingham ⪼ Nottinghamshire ⪼ England

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1923) by The Friends of the Fitzwilliam Museum


Early 15th Century
Production date: circa AD 1420


This panel may have formed part of an altarpiece comprising several alabaster reliefs of scenes from the life of Christ in a wooden frame.

School or Style

Gothic (Medieval)

People, subjects and objects depicted


  • Sculpture UK

Components of the work

Decoration composed of paint gold

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production

Carving : Alabaster, carved in high relief, with traces of the original colour and gilding

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.3-1923
Primary reference Number: 31303
External ID: CAM_CCF_M_3_1923
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Wednesday 20 January 2021 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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