The Visitation - Mary and Elizabeth meet.

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Title:The Visitation - Mary and Elizabeth meet
Notes:JESUS MAFA is a response to the New Testament readings from the Lectionary by a Christian community in Cameroon, Africa. Each of the readings was selected and adapted to dramatic interpretation by the community members. Photographs of their interpretations were made, and these were then transcribed to paintings. This image is of the Annunciation and Visitation, and it specifically connects with the lectionary reading of the Magnificat in Luke.

This beautiful painting displays a young Mary approaching her older cousin Elizabeth as they both celebrate one another, their faces expressing joy and love. This captures the moment just before they embrace. Elizabeth’s words, “Blessed are you among women,” calls forth memories of the stories of Jael and Judith. We remember that Mary lives in a context where violence is the law of the land and despite the traditional understanding of her role as the perfect virgin and mother, we can paint her in a new light. She can be the Mary of the Magnificat—heralding the good news of a God who against all odds liberates and empowers the oppressed and feeds justice in this world consumed by power and violence.


Scripture:Luke 1:39-57
Lectionary links:AVis
General Subject:Visitation
Culture: African
Culture: Black
Library of Congress Subject:Christian art and symbolism -- Cameroon

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Attribution:JESUS MAFA. The Visitation - Mary and Elizabeth meet, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved June 24, 2024]. Original source: (contact page:
Record Number:48279 Last Updated: 2022-05-23 05:23:43 Record Created: 2006-12-15 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition