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The Visitation

Photo credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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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.

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Birmingham


Date

c.1577

Medium

oil on canvas

Measurements

H 277.5 x W 156 cm

Accession number

53.5

Acquisition method

purchased, 1953

Work type

Painting


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University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands B15 2TS England

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