central picture of Mother and Son is surrounded by a host of
angels. The caption around the angels is paraphrasing Daniel
7:10: “Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him, and myriads
upon myriads attended him.” Some of the angels are easily
recognizable, so Gabriel with his bunch of lilies addressing Mary
standing at her prie-dieu and holding a book in her left hand.
There is also Michael in knightly armor and Raphael with the pilgrim
staff. Other angels elude identification. The overall
impression they convey is one of power and splendor, but however
impressive their apparel, they humbly bow before mother and child,
making true the message of the lemma: “Rule over us you (Gideon) and
your Son ….” (Judges 8:22).