Josef Dettinger
The Marriage of the Virgin

High relief
Church of St. Blaise, Glottertal, Germany

Joseph and Mary are both portrayed as young people, with Joseph looking remarkably strong and healthy. The woman behind Mary wears a veil and wimple such as one usually sees on her mother, St. Anne. That would make the man on the right St. Joachim, her husband. The celebrant is dressed as a bishop. That anachronism, and the couple's pose as they kneel to each other, are probably intended to model attitudes for young Christians who marry.

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