The Visitation: Elizabeth Greets Mary, detail.
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Title:The Visitation: Elizabeth Greets Mary, detail
Notes:"The Annunciation is very often accompanied by a second image of Christ's conception: the Visitation. This can be depicted with Mary and Elizabeth embracing or with the two women speaking to each other, and Grabar has shown that the Visitation was the Christian equivalent of the parental embrace which was a standard image of conception in the pre-Christian royal biographical cycles. The Annunciation and Visitation were, then, originally 'two parallel images of the same theme of conception, the second being added -- in conformity with common iconographic tradition -- to show the first witness to Christ's conception.' " (Clayton, 144)
Building:Saint-Martin (Church : Nohant-Vicq, France)

Scripture:Luke 1:39-56
Lectionary links:BVis
General Subject:Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
Library of Congress Subject:Christian art and symbolism -- France -- Nohant-Vic -- Medieval, 500-1500
ICONCLASS Number:73A622
Index of Christian Art Number:31 V6647 Ch05, 001A2

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Attribution:The Visitation: Elizabeth Greets Mary, detail, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved October 26, 2016].
Record Number:42422 Last Updated: 2014-04-11 15:23:33 Record Created: 2004-10-28 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition

Bibliographic Source:Cult of the Virgin Mary in Anglo-Saxon England
Author:Clayton, Mary
Publisher:Cambridge University Press