Va. art museum displaying painting of ‘The Visitation’

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is putting a timely and powerful painting on display.

The museum in Richmond recently acquired “The Visitation” by 17th-century Baroque master Mattia Preti. The painting depicts the meeting of the Virgin Mary and her cousin Elizabeth, the first episode in the life of Christ recorded by Luke.

Elizabeth would soon give birth to John the Baptist, following the annunciation by the angel Gabriel.

Officials say the oil painting by the Italian artist went on display Wednesday and will remain on long-term display as a part of the museum’s permanent collections.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts houses more than 33,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years of world history. It is open 365 days a year.

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