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Advent Calendar 2004

December 10

The Birth of John the Baptist, by Domenico Ghirlandaio
Article by Joseph Phelan
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The Birth of John the Baptist Soon after after the visit of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth (a visit which lasted three months), Elizabeth gives birth to John.

In Luke's words: And her neighbors and her relatives heard that the Lord had displayed His great mercy towards her; and they were rejoicing with her.

Domenico Ghirlandaio, the greatest fresco painter of his generation, provides us with unsurpassed versions of these episodes from the Life of the Baptist. They decorate the walls of the Cappella Tornabuoni of the Santa Maria Novella in Florence.

(Reproduction of The Birth of John the Baptist courtesy the Web Gallery of Art)


This article is copyright 2002-04 by Joseph Phelan. Please do not republish any portion of this article without written permission.


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