Acts 1:9-12 And when he had said this, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, and said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into heaven? This Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will come in the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
Mark 16:19-20, Luke 24:50-53, and Acts 1:6-12 describe the moment of Christ’s ascension into heaven. The Acts of the Apostles states that he was ‘‘lifted up, and a cloud took him out of sight.” These artistic representations of the event share a number of details; most noticeable is the tradition to depict only the feet of Christ, which can be traced back to art of the Middle Ages.