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The Visitation – by Marten Schwarcz – The Second Joyful Mystery of the Rosary – Catholic Art Print – Catholic Gift

The Visitation – by Marten Schwarcz – The Second Joyful Mystery of the Rosary – Catholic Art Print – Catholic Gift

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The Visitation
Marten Schwarcz

The colors. That's what draws our eye to this painting and makes it one of our all-time favorite Visitation pictures. We love the colors - Mary's deep blue mantle and coral dress, Elizabeth's intense red wrap, the rich greens of the foliage, the brown cliffs and distant ice blue hills. What a feast for the eyes!

Painted in 1506 to give glory to God and Mary, the structure of the picture also draws us in. Mary's expression is loving and kind - and knowing. Now she has someone else to share the glorious news of the child she is bearing. The flowers at their feet alone are intriguing and rich in Christian symbolism. The iris traditionally stands for power and victory and as a ward against evil. How apt! The forget-me-nots are sometimes called the Eyes of Mary. There is so much more detail in this picture than we can get into now, but each piece means something. What do you think the dead branch represents? Or the dead tree?

Marten Schwarcz, long identified only as Master MS, was a Catholic painter in central Europe in the late 15th and early 16th Centuries. Not much is known of his life. This picture is one of the most famous paintings in Hungary, but Schwarcz also worked in Poland. (sources:,

** IMPORTANT ** THE IMAGE IS SMALLER THANTHE PICTURE! There is white border around the picture,. About 1/2" wide on the 5x7, about 1.3" wide on the 8.5x11, and about 1.6 on the 11x14 and lager images.

- Acid-free paper
- Archival pigments, rated to last for generations.
- Cardboard backer
- Above story of the art
- Enclosed in a tight-fitting, crystal clear bag.

Thanks for your interest!
Sue & John

"In order to communicate the message entrusted to her by Christ, the Church needs art." ~ St. Pope John Paul II

Original image is out-of-copyright. Descriptive text and image alterations (hence the whole new image) © by Sue Kouma Johnson - Catholic Art and Jewelry.
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