- (in painting, sculpture, etc) an almond-shaped area of light, usually surrounding the resurrected Christ or the Virgin at the AssumptionAlso called: vesica
from Italian, literally: almond, from Late Latin amandula; see almond
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Over her head is a Trinity, in a mandorla surrounded by cherubs.Luca Signorelli
This represents the Eternal Father within a mandorla of cherubs.
The mandorla recalls the altar-pieces of Borgo and of Lyons.
Finally, Donatello made two busts of 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.