An ivory diptych with scenes of the Passion of Christ,
Diptych with scenes of the Passion of Christ, Paris, France Around 1350–75, Carved ivory. The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust) © The Courtauld

Diptych with scenes of the Passion of Christ

Paris, around 1350-1375

This superbly carved work belongs to a group of ivories illustrating the Passion (Death and Resurrection) of Christ. The narrative begins at the bottom with the Annunciation, Nativity and Adoration of the Magi (wise men or kings). The Arrest, Death of Judas, Crucifixion and Resurrection (middle tier) are followed by the Ascension and the Descent of the Holy Spirit (represented by the dove) at the top.

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Two men sit across from each other at a table covered with a brown tablecloth, playing cards. Both men wear overcoats and hats, and the man on the left smokes a pipe. They sit inside a wooden building. i Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) The Card Players, around 1892-96, The Courtauld, London (Samuel Courtauld Trust)