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‘The Visitation with Saint Nicholas and Saint Anthony Abbot’ is a painting that was done from 1489 to 1490 by Piero di Cosimo in Florentine. The painting is kept in the National Gallery of Art. The artwork, whose medium is oil, measures 184.2cm width and 188.6cm length. In the painting, Piero di Cosimo portrays the meeting of Virgin Mary and the elderly Saint Elizabeth. Elizabeth was the mother of John the Baptist. Then, the portrait depicts Saint Nicholas and Saint Anthony Abbot. Saint Nicholas, on the left, is recognized by his element of three gold balls indicating to his charity towards the daughters of a penurious nobleman. On the right side of the painting, Saint Anthony Abbot is identified by his bell, cane, and ever-present pig. Again, other scenes connecting the birth of Christ are portrayed in the background. It is, therefore, a religious scene.

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Regardless of the multiple figures, the painting is concise. Concise, in this case, means that, the viewer can directly relate the title of the painting and the painting itself. The handshake is a simple act, but it brings out the aspect of visitation. Whereas Piero di Cosimo was known for his sacred and profane works, The Visitation with Saint Nicholas and Saint Anthony Abbot portrays an aspect of religion.


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