Meijer Brothers, Visitation Altarpiece

18th or 19th century
High relief in center, paintings on outer panels
Church of the Visitation ("Maria Heimsuchung"), Meersburg, Germany

The Agnes panel, on the right, is signed Gebr. Meiger Uberlingen, "Meijer Brothers, Überlingen." Überlingen is in southern Germany, not far from Meersburg. St. Aloysius Gonzaga was not canonized until 1726, so the painting's date is most likely after that year.

The scene is not typical of Visitation images. First, it is set in an interior; almost all Visitations are set either at Elizabeth's door or at the gate of her city. Second, Elizabeth rarely kneels to Mary in Visitations. Angels are also rare in such images, as is a male bystander. Because of the tau-topped staff and the shape of his beard, he is most likely St. Anthony Abbot. But there is no pig, an almost indispensible attribute of the saint, so one might argue that he is Zechariah, Elizabeth's husband and the man of the house.

On the left is St. Aloysius Gonzaga. On the right with matching lilies and a lamb is St. Agnes.

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Photographed at the church by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.