Sir Jacob Epstein The Visitation 1926

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Artist
Title
The Visitation
Date 1926
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 1651 x 470 x 457 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1927
Reference
N04238
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1910

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This life-size figure was intended to be one of a pair, never completed, called 'The Visitation'. This was an event recorded in the Bible, where the Virgin Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth to share with her the news that she is to give birth to Jesus. Epstein described this figure as expressing ' a humility so profound as to shame the beholder who comes to my sculpture expecting rhetoric or splendour of gesture'. When he first exhibited it he called it 'A Study' so as to diguise its content.

August 2004

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