Visitation of Mary, detail.
 Pontormo, Jacopo da, 1494-1556

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Title:Visitation of Mary, detail
Notes:"Jean-Luc Nancy has written astutely of the "unnoticed" details of Pontormo's painting...The second sight to which we are recruited by Pontormo's painting of the meeting of the divinely impregnated Mary and her older cousin Elizabeth is signaled, according to Nancy, by the ecclesiastical Latin meaning of the word "visitatio." "Visitatio" denotes not merely a visitation but "a procedure for becoming aware of something, for examining and experiencing something." (Singer, 180) "The model of the embrace might have come from a slippage of meaning in the Greek word "aspasmos", which means a joyful, warm, and emphatic greeting." (from "Ground of the Image" by Jean-Luc Nancy, 2005, p. 155)
Artist:Pontormo, Jacopo da, 1494-1556

Scripture:Luke 1:39-45
Lectionary links:AVis
General Subject:Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth

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Attribution:Pontormo, Jacopo da, 1494-1556. Visitation of Mary, detail, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved June 14, 2021]. Original source:
Record Number:49492 Last Updated: 2012-11-27 16:05:16 Record Created: 2007-01-30 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition

Bibliographic Source:Self-Deceiving Muse: Notice and Knowledge in the Work of Art
Author:Singer, Alan
Publisher:Penn State Press