Paolo Caliari, called Veronese (1528 – 1588)

The Visitation

Venice, about 1577

Oil on canvas

277.5 x 156 cm

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.  It was originally hung higher so we look up towards the holy scene.

Purchased 1953 (No.53.5)

See this Painting in the Green Gallery