The Ascension from the Mount of Olives
In Tissot's illustration of the Ascension, the viewer is struck, as the people present were, by the brilliance of the vision. In addition, there is strong affirmation of how very much the event took place among the people and was, therefore, for them.
illustration for 'The Life of Christ', c.1884-96 (w/c & gouache on paperboard), Tissot, James Jacques Joseph (1836-1902) Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York, USA / Purchased by Public Subscription / The Bridgeman Art Library
50When he had led them out to the vicinity of Bethany, he lifted up his hands and blessed them. 51While he was blessing them, he left them and was taken up into heaven. 52Then they worshiped him and returned to Jerusalem with great joy. 53And they stayed continually at the temple, praising God.
19After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 20Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.