And the cloud covered the Tent of Meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the Mishkan… When the cloud rose up from over the Mishkan, the children of Israel set out in all their journeys. (Exodus 40: 34, 36)

The cloud of the Divine Presence filled and permeated the Mishkan. The painting portrays an inner dimension that is revealed when the cloud began to lift from the Mishkan. Hints of the gold, silver, colorful tapestries, and gems peek out from within. Until now, the cloud had accompanied the people on their journeys, but now for the first time, when the cloud rose, the people followed it.