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The Whitsun Cassone

Photo credit: Campion Hall, University of Oxford

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This cassone may have held vestments and other ritual garments and was probably kept in a sacristy. It depicts the descent of the Holy Spirit as described in the Acts of the Apostles, 2: 1–4. The tongues of fire appear rather incongruously above the heads of the Virgin Mary and the Apostles. Mary's presence is not mentioned in the Acts, but is traditional. Here the event takes place in open country, though in the Acts it is specifically stated that it happened in a house.

Campion Hall, University of Oxford



15th C


oil on panel


H 81 x W 198 cm

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Campion Hall, University of Oxford

Brewer Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 3QS England

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