Mary and Elizabeth

Mary and Elizabeth. Watercolor and gold leaf on paper. It measures 7″x7″. The Latin translation reads: “The essence of Heaven flooded into you”. Zacharias, the husband of Elizabeth was praying in the temple when he was visited by the Archangel Gabriel. We don’t know how old she was but it refers to her as barren and old.

But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John. He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.
— Luke 1:13–15

The Archangel then went to Galilee to inform Mary that she would become pregnant and give birth to Jesus. When Mary heard that her relative was “old” and pregnant, she went to visit her. This painting is that meeting between relatives where they are both astonished. Elizabeth gave birth to John that became John the Baptist. I am not really sure why I made them ducks but I have been enjoying the ducks in the duck pond at work.