The Visitation (MS)

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The Visitation
Hungarian: Vizitáció
Master M S - The Visitation - WGA14334.jpg
Artist master MS
Year 1506 (1506)
Medium tempera on panel
Dimensions 140 cm × 94.5 cm (55 in × 37.2 in); 140 x 94.5 cm
Location Hungarian National Museum, Budapest

The Visitation (Hungarian: Vizitáció) is a 1506 panel painting by Hungarian painter known as Master MS in the collection of the Hungarian National Museum in Budapest.[1][2]


This medieval Hungarian painting shows the Visitation of St. Elisabeth and Virgin Mary. All the natural elements that are depicted are in praise of the Lord. This idyll, however, is just an illusion - the bare rocks, twisted trees, beautiful and delicate flowers - iris, peony, strawberries in the foreground, are subtle symbols of the passion. Elizabeth makes homage to the Virgin Mary to show her devotion by slightly raising her left hand to kiss her. The painting once hung in the Church of Saint Catherine in Selmecbánya (today Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia).[2] Other paintings from the altar of the church are kept in Lille, France, Svätý Anton in Slovakia and the Keresztény Múzeum in Esztergom, Hungary. The inscription has been identified as being the same as that on an altar dedicated to the Virgin Mary in Krakow. It is believed that MS was Marten Swarcz.[1][3]

Others from the Church of St. Catherine[edit]


  1. ^ a b MS mester, Vizitáció Archived 2016-03-07 at the Wayback Machine. on museum website
  2. ^ a b The Visitation, Master M. S. on Europeana website
  3. ^ Paintings of the Passion by Master M.S. in the Christian Museum of Esztergom, English translation of the book by Miklos Mojzer by Lili Halapy (44P), ISBN 9789632073576