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The Virgin, in the centre, greets her elderly cousin Elizabeth with news of the impending birth of Christ. After a long barren life, Elizabeth is also miraculously pregnant, with John the Baptist. Veronese locates the meeting in front of a palace. The observers wear contemporary clothes which show off the artist’s skills as a colourist. The painting was one of six made for a church on the island of Murano, in Venice.
oil on canvas
H 277.5 x W 156 cm