Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In decorative art, a space opening, panel, or the like, of an oval shape; also, a work of art filling such a space, as a bas-relief, or the like.
- n. Eccles., the vesica piscis.
“The mandorla is an oval frame enclosing an important figure.”
“Within the mandorla was a youth about fifteen years of age in the guise of an angel, girt round the middle with an iron, and secured by a bolt to the foot of the mandorla in a manner that he could not fall; and to the end that he might be able to kneel, the said iron was divided into three parts, whereof one part entered readily into another as he knelt.”
“The lowest band, with the flattened Gothic canopies over Beuronese angels (abruptly terminated at the center), lacks the strength to support all this superstructure, while the empty mandorla at the center of the register puzzles me.”
“The usual background—that background music I was talking about that surrounds us like a great, full-body halo, a mandorla into which we extend ourselves—disappears.”
“The original ornaments show in the middle of the back the Majestas Domini: in a square Christ in the mandorla, surrounded by the symbols of the four Evangelists, the letters Alpha and Omega, and slightly above Him, sol and luna.”
“It shows the history of salvation through the Old and New Covenant in 40 medallions, in the centre again Christ in the mandorla:”
“And notice that the base of the violin is also the product of those two overlapping circles that create the mandorla shape with which we began this demonstration.”
“An inspired composition, this shows a figure elevated in its mandorla of flame rising above the landscape it touches.”
“In the end, all of these background elements become part of the extraordinary sky that seems to radiate out from the bather's body, like the mandorla, or full-body halo, that radiates out from a bodhisattva, a Mexican madonna, or a Blake angel.”
“One bland, doll-like Madonna (by Sánchez Cotán, the fruit-and-vegetable man) is prettily framed by a yellow full-body halo, or mandorla, which a discreet wall label likens to the birth canal.”
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