Friday, June 16, 2017

The Birth of the Baptist (c. 1632)



The Birth of the Baptist (c. 1632)
Artemisia Gentileschi 1593 – 1656
oil on canvas — c. 1632
Luke 1:57 - Now Elisabeth's full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son.
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.
>>>> Birth of the Baptist


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