Vincenzo Catena, The Circumcision

16th century
Church of Santa Maria Formosa, Venice, Italy

As in most Circumcision images of this period the ritual is performed on an altar-like table in order to remind the beholder of the sacrifice of the Mass. It is also not uncommon in Circumcision and Presentation in the Temple images for Mary to be accompanied by another young woman of her approximate age.

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