Les Enluminures

Morgan MS M.1093, f. 35r

3. Hours of the Virgin
Infancy Cycle


The Visitation commemorates the visit of the Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth as recorded in the Gospel of Luke (1: 39-56). Having heard that Elizabeth was pregnant, Mary left Nazareth to stay with her in Hebron, near Jerusalem. The event is important because John is regarded as the forerunner to Christ. It also afforded an opportunity to illustrate a moment of intimate exchange between women.

Two angels stand behind the Virgin Mary who extends both hands to her cousin, Elizabeth, pregnant with John the Baptist. Foliate ornament, heart-shaped medallions, vine scroll ornament, and two monkeys decorate the margin.