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The Ascent of Man 
A painting by Walter A Elliott 
This painting is not for sale. 
The Ascent of Man, is a triptych believed to be the largest pastel painting in the world. A breathtaking piece of artwork, many liken it to a modern day masterpiece, on viewing it for the first time in its sheer size and design, the only word that used to spring to mind for many was the word "Wow!" 
The painting represents early evolution and Earth's diversity of life and how life emerged from the atom, it portrays how a metamorphosis took place, symbolic of the butterfly emerging from the chrysalis. The artist called this painting,  
The Crown of Life 
In the Centre paining, called 
The Crown of Intelligence  
within this part of the painting it tells a story of how intelligence emerged from life. The design then flows swiftly into the top painting. 
The Crown of Compassion 
this painting shows how intelligent thought transcendent of wise teachings, highlights a more caring side to human nature, a presentation of how compassion is portrayed to be the highest aspiration of mankind. 
The Crown of Compassion 
The Crown of Intelligence 
The Crown of Life 
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