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Property of a Private Collector

Follower of Jean André

The Visitation

No reserve

Lot Closed

October 21, 05:17 PM GMT


4,000 - 6,000 USD

Lot Details


Property of a Private Collector

Follower of Jean André

The Visitation

oil on panel

panel: 19⅝ by 15¼ in.; 49.8 by 38.7 cm.

framed: 27¼ by 23¼ in.; 69.2 by 59.1 cm.

Probably private collection, Canada;
Thereafter acquired by the present collector.
This work is a small-scale adaptation in reverse (possibly done after a print) of a painting by the seventeenth-century French artist Jean André in the Cathedral of Saint-Etienne, Auxerre. That monumental altarpiece was reproduced on several occasions, with versions in the Hospice civil du Saint-Esprit, Toulon, and the National Trust, Stourhead (inv. no. 732341).1


The composition depicts the Virgin Mary visiting her cousin Elizabeth just after the Annunciation, an episode recounted in the Gospel of Luke (1:36-56). The youthful Virgin, from whom a divine light emanates, greets her older cousin, herself six-months pregnant with Saint John the Baptist. The women are accompanied by their husbands: Joseph, who holds a bundle of clothes under his arm, at left, and Zacharias, who stands before an arched doorway, at right.