Sir Jacob Epstein
The Visitation 1926

Artwork details

Sir Jacob Epstein 1880–1959
The Visitation
Date 1926
Medium Bronze
Dimensions Object: 1651 x 470 x 457 mm
Acquisition Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1927
Not on display

Display caption

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

About this artwork