The two expectant mothers of Raphael’s Visitation dominate the pictorial space, showcasing the special graces that have been conferred upon Mary and Elizabeth. Raphael, the most sought-after painter in the world at the time, had just mastered painting in oils when he produced this work, and the innovative technique allowed for softer effects and more natural looking detail. The compositional device of joined hands was a recent innovation, departing from earlier images where Elizabeth either knelt before Mary or embraced her. The background propels the viewer to the Baptism of Christ, when the cousins John and Jesus meet again. John pours water over Christ while above, the skies open to reveal God the Father, borne by angels in a burst of golden rays.
Puzzle size: 19 inches x 27 inches
The five puzzles included in the Sophia Collection feature beautiful sacred art from some of the greatest artists of all time, including Fra Angelico, Domenico Ghirandaio, and Giovanni Penni. Each image depicts a monumental moment in history. For centuries, individuals worldwide have used these very images for meditation and reflection. Now, for the first time, these treasured works have been transformed into 1,000-piece puzzles, allowing families to enjoy a favorite pastime while also reflecting and marveling at the beauty of these classic paintings.
Each puzzle box contains high-quality pieces and elevated packaging, including a beautiful sacred art poster and insert explaining the meaning and significance of these timeless works of art.