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Title:St. Vitale - Abraham and the Three Angels (Detail)
Notes:Mosaic on the left (north) lunette of the chancel depicting Abraham at Mamre bringing an offering to the three angels while Sarah stands smiling in the tent. -- "EPHREM THE SYRIAN: Although Abraham ran from the tent toward them as if toward strangers, he ran to receive those strangers with love. His love for strangers was thus proved by the haste with which he ran to meet those strangers. Therefore the Lord, who had just appeared to him at the door of the tent, now appeared to Abraham clearly in one of the three. Abraham then fell down and worshiped him, seeking from him in whom majesty dwells that he condescend to enter his house and bless his dwelling...Then Abraham ran to Sarah [telling her] to make three measures of wheat, and then he ran to the herd to get a fatted calf." (Sheridan, 63)
Building:San Vitale, Ravenna

Scripture:Genesis 18:1-10a
Person as Subject:Sarah (Biblical figure)
Abraham (Biblical figure)
Angels (Biblical figures)
Lectionary links:CProp11
General Subject:Love
Library of Congress Subject:Christian art and symbolism -- Italy -- Medieval, 500-1500
ICONCLASS Number:71C122

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Attribution:St. Vitale - Abraham and the Three Angels (Detail), from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved January 25, 2021]. Original source: Images donated by Patout Burns, Vanderbilt University.
Record Number:32154 Last Updated: 2021-01-14 09:43:28 Record Created: 2003-09-11 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition

Bibliographic Source:Genesis 12-50
Author:Sheridan, Mark
Publisher:InterVarsity Press