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the Basilica of St. Mark: Central Portal Sculptures: Christ Blessing

Central Portal Sculptures: Christ Blessing

Half-length figure of a beardless Christ, holding a scroll with his left hand and blessing with his right, against a backdrop of stars, flanked by St. John(?) (against the sun) and the Virgin Mary (against the moon). This panel occupies the center of the second archivolt of the west facade, which depicts the zodiac signs and labors of the months, 13th century. Attributed by some to Benedetto Antelami. Basilica di San Marco, Venice, Italy.