Visitazione, 1531

L. Lotto, Visitazione, 1531, Pinacoteca civica di Jesi

Visitazione, 1531 - Pinacoteca civica di Jesi

Set in a domestic interior, the scene consists of understanding glances and seeking hands . A green curtain isolates 4 female figures where old Elizabeth’s moving pregnancy is evident. The lady is shown answering the question of her young cousin by looking up and raising her hands to the sky as a sign of acceptance of the unfathomable will of God of which the two women are aware of. Only one man appears in the picture, Zechariah, who is standing on the door to emphasize that he did not belong to the female universe governed by its own laws and cadences. On the shelf a still life simplifies the symbolic values of the doctrinal assumption of this painting: The vase (Mary) is in contrast with the orange (symbol of sins and therefore Eve); The pumpkin which foreshadows death and resurrection; The objects used to write the story of Christ (New Testament) opposed to the parchment (Old Testament). In the lunette the Annunciation introduces the theme of contact with the divine and the ultimate meaning that is given to the destiny of humanity.

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