Visitation

Visitation
Artist Raphael
Year c.1517
Location Museo del Prado, Madrid
Dimensions 79 in × 57 in
200 cm × 145 cm

In 1517, a young Italian artist named Raphael Sanzio was paid by Giovanni Branconio to make an oil painting of the visitation of the Virgin Mary to her cousin, Saint Elisabeth, and tell the news of her pregnancy. The artwork is to be placed in a chapel for their family in Aquila.

A notable aspect of the drawing is the sense of balance by two female figures who appear to be large individuals walking against lush green scenery. An angel can also be seen flying at the side of Saint Elisabeth but looking at the Virgin, whom she was guiding.

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