Apotheosis of Ursula and Her Companions

Vittore Carpaccio
Ciclo di Sant'Orsola

The cambered altarpiece, which was once on the altar of the Scuola, brought to a close the Legend of Saint Ursula and her followers as they were assumed into heaven following their martyrdom. The markedly symmetrical and archaic cadence of the composition is emphasised by the axial position of Ursula above, standing on a sheaf of palm leaves as God the Father awaits, open-armed, to receive her. Among the multitude of female heads in the lower part of the painting there are a few male presences, including that of the pope wearing his papal tiara and devotees on the left, who were probably members of the Scuola.