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The Visitation, 1593

  • burin engraving, paper
  • 230 x 144 mm
  • Inv. 2014-G

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The Virgin Mary visits her cousin Elisabeth. Standing in the doorway are Zacharias and Joseph. On the left in the background we see the birth of John the Baptist. Through the window we can see Joseph and Mary returning to Nazareth. Above the window is a medallion depicting the annunciation. Several elements of the scene are accompanied by letters corresponding to the legend in the margin.


Hieronymus Wierix RKD
Antwerp 1553 - Antwerp 1619
engravers (printmakers)AAT

Bernardino Passeri RKD
ca. 1540 - Rome ca. 1590

Title The Visitation
Date 1593
Period 16th century
Location Antwerp TGN
Medium and support burin engraving AAT
Signatures, inscriptions, and markings printed inscription outside the depiction, top centre: In die visitationis
printed inscription outside the depiction, top centre: Luc. i.
inscription outside the depiction, top right: 2/cxlic
inscription in the dipiction, at the top: A I C B
printed inscription in the depiction, below: H E F D G
printed inscription in the depiction, at the bottom right: Hieronymus W. fecit.
printed inscription outside the depiction, below: A. Nazareth, ubi repraesentatur [...] I. Post eius ortum, redit Nazareth Maria/ Vorgo Mater cum Ioseph.
inscription on the back, bottom right: 2
Collection print room
Object type burin engraving AAT
Inventory number 2014-G
Acquisition credit unknown
Current whereabouts Work currently not on display
IIIF Manifest
Art & Architecture Thesaurus 300055874 religious symbolism AAT
300189808 figures (representations) AAT
300124520 interior views AAT
Keywords Iconclass 11F the Virgin Mary Iconclass
11HH(ELISABETH) Elisabeth, mother of John the Baptist; possible attributes: John the Baptist as child Iconclass
33A13 meeting Iconclass
33A14 embracing each other, kissing Iconclass
41A1 civic architecture; edifices; dwellings Iconclass
41A14 urban housing Iconclass
48(+431) art (+ copy, copying ~ work of art) Iconclass
73 New Testament Iconclass
73A14 birth of John the Baptist, sometimes Mary present Iconclass
73A52 the Annunciation: Mary, usually reading, is visited by the angel (sometimes a woman overhears the conversation) Iconclass
73A6 Visitation (possibly Joseph and/or Zacharias present) (Luke 1:39-56) Iconclass
73A622 Mary and Elisabeth, both pregnant, embracing Iconclass
73B69 the Holy Family (and sometimes others) returning to Israel Iconclass
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