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(in painting, sculpture, etc) an almond-shaped area of light, usually surrounding the resurrected Christ or the Virgin at the Assumption Also called vesica
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from Italian, literally: almond, from Late Latin amandula; see almond
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  • This represents the Eternal Father within a mandorla of cherubs.

  • Over her head is a Trinity, in a mandorla surrounded by cherubs.

    Luca Signorelli Maud Cruttwell
  • Above is the famous relief which crowns the whole, and from which the door takes its name–the glorified Madonna of the mandorla.

    The Story of Florence Edmund G. Gardner
  • The mandorla recalls the altar-pieces of Borgo and of Lyons.

  • But the type would appear more advanced than the busts on the mandorla doorway or the Siena work made about this time.

    Donatello David Lindsay, Earl of Crawford
  • Finally, Donatello made two busts of prophets for the mandorla door.

    Donatello David Lindsay, Earl of Crawford
  • This statue shows a doubt and hesitation which did not affect Donatello when making the little prophets for the mandorla door.

    Donatello David Lindsay, Earl of Crawford
  • The groups of angel musicians around the mandorla in the "Assumption" and two "Ascensions" are practically identical.

  • The Madonna is in a mandorla; two angels above are crowning her, and other angels playing on instruments are around.

  • The Madonna is in the sky within a mandorla of cherubs, and has four angels around her playing on instruments.

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