Luca Giordano
The Presentation of the Virgin in the Temple

1671
Church of Santa Maria della Salute, Venice, Italy

The high priest wears the holy crown and breastplate of Aaron. He welcomes Mary, who is trailed by her two parents and a man in red. In the lower left corner a young mother encourages a girl dressed like Mary to follow in her footsteps. As Mary serves as model for the girl, the mother models parenting for the beholderr.

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