Artemisia Gentileschi 1593 – 1656

The Birth of the Baptist

oil on canvas — c. 1632 Museum Museo del Prado, Madrid

Artemisia Gentileschi biography

This work is linked to Luke 1:57

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A group of women tends to the newly born boy. One of them must be Elisabeth, his mother. Perhaps her cousin Mary is present too.

To the left is Zacharias, the father. He writes down the name Elisabeth has given the boy: John.

Zacharias had lost his speech when the angel Gabriel announced the birth of a son to him. But after writing down the name, his speech returns.

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