In the 15th-16th centuries, no artist worth his rations of wine could even call himself an artist if he had not painted certain standard subjects such as a Madonna and Child or an ascension of the Virgin Mary into Heaven. These works could make a painter's career and invited critical comparison with other artists. This painting can't be called a truly religious work, but it is intended to be deeply spiritual. It is about the elevating power of nature and the reference to nature and machine (Manna Machine) is once again employed.
Other works in this series: