This scene from earliest Christian history is set amid fantasy architecture, mysteriously lit under dark skies. The small scale of the figures makes the buildings seem enormous. De Nomé’s mixture of classical and late medieval Gothic elements from his homeland adds to the uniqueness and eccentricity of the composition. The small size of the copper plate and the complexity of the composition calls attention to the artist’s virtuosity and skill.
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