The Seattle Art Museum houses Philippe de Champaigne’s (French, 1602-74)The Visitation. I saw it for the first time when we visited there this past summer. It's all about the eyes here.The eyes are where Mary and Elizabeth's dialogue happens. They are so intimate. They're embracing and they're positioned cheek to cheek with their hands clasped together creating an anchor in the foreground. Symbolically as well as literally, Zachariah is off in the distance and St. Joseph is a little closer. Both men look on. With her other hand, Mary is pointing. It is she who God has chosen to bring the Messiah to the world.
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