views updated May 14 2018

mandorla. Almond-shaped figure composed of two vertical arcs each passing through the other's centre, enclosing a panel, called aureole, halo, or vesica piscis, and often found in a Gothic tympanum of a doorway.


views updated Jun 11 2018

mandorla another term for vesica piscis. The word is Italian, and means literally ‘almond’, referring to the pointed oval shape of the figure.


views updated May 18 2018

Mandorla (almond-shaped aureole): see HALO.