RUBENS, Peter Paul
(b. 1577, Siegen, d. 1640, Antwerpen)
Descent from the Cross (left wing)1612-14
Oil on panel, 421 x 153 cm
O.-L. Vrouwekathedraal, Antwerp
The left wing of the great triptych of the Descent from the Cross shows the Virgin Mary, pregnant with Jesus, visiting her cousin Elizabeth, who will shortly give birth to John the Baptist. The women, accompanied by their respective husbands Joseph and Zacharias, greet one another in an imposing porch. A servant carries a basket containing travel items.