Ave Maria: Mary and Redemption in Renaissance Paintings of the Visitation
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This thesis seeks to trace changes in the interpretation of the Visitation narrative from the Gospel of Luke through the study of religious artwork. The research focuses on the Renaissance period of the West between the fourteenth and seventeenth century, specifically examining the paintings of Giotto di Bondone, Dieric Bouts, Domenico Ghirlandaio, Peter Paul Rubens, and Rembrandt van Rijn. The research also considers pertinent cultural and religious texts including devotional literature, sermons, and official decrees. The context these texts provide is then used to analyze the iconography of the paintings and present a possible “reading” each offers of the Lukan narrative. The study particularly focuses on the topics of Mariology and Redemption as understood through the artwork of the Visitation.