Luca Giordano 1634 – 1705
The Visitation 1697
Ink on paper
280 mm x 287 mm
Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid
"Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!" (cf. Lk. 1:40-42)
"And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord" (Lk. 1:45).
"The most high Father made known from heaven through His holy angel Gabriel this Word of the Father – so worthy, so holy and glorious – in the womb of the holy and glorious Virgin Mary, from whose womb He received the flesh of our humanity and frailty. Though He was rich, He wished, together with the most Blessed Virgin, His mother, to choose poverty in the world beyond all else." ("Letter to the Faithful” of Saint Francis of Assisi)