(b. 1616, Napoli, d. ca. 1656, Napoli)

Meeting of Anne and Joachim at the Golden Gate in Jerusalem

c. 1640
Oil on canvas, 239 x 179 cm
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

Two different episodes from the life of Mary's parents are illustrated in this painting. In the foreground we find the encounter of the life-sized figures, the smaller size figures in the background illustrate the angel's annunciation that Joachim is about to become a father.

The painting is one of the rare examples of compositions with life-sized figures by the artist, known chiefly for small and medium-sized formats throughout his career. Formerly the painting was attributed to various Spanish painters as well as the Neapolitan Massimo Stanzione.

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