My Mom got me a wonderful surprise for Christmas this year. She commissioned my friend Andy Pieper to sculpt me a 54mm Visitation scene, based on Luke 1:39-55. Mary, having just been visited by the Archangel Gabriel, travels to visit her relative Elizabeth, an elderly woman pregnant for the first time after her husband Zechariah was visited by the same Angel six months earlier. When Mary arrives, St. John the Baptist leaps in Elizabeth’s womb in the presense of the unborn Jesus, and Mary raises her hands to Heaven to sing the Magnificat. I am very excited about the project, and have been emailing Andy about the particulars.
Here is a painting of the Visitation. It’s not exactly what the sculpt will look like, since the scene will be right after the two women greet one another, when Mary is singing the Magnificat, but it gives you an idea: