Il Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri) 1591 – 1666

The Visitation

oil on canvas (320 × 213 cm) — 1632 Museum Musée des beaux-arts, Rouen

Il Guercino (Giovanni Francesco Barbieri) biography

This work is linked to Luke 1:40

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Elisabeth cordially invites Mary to enter the house. Zacharias repeats the invitation to Joseph.

Guercino here succeeded in catching the moment when the beauty of youth meets the wisdom of old age.

The canvas was made for a chapel in the cathedral of Reggio Emilia, together with The Martyrdom of John and Paul (now in Toulouse).

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