St. Anne Teaching the Young Virgin Mary

Church of the Assumption (Maria Himmelfahrt), Kelheim, Germany

This is a rare variation on the popular iconographic type in which Anne teaches the Virgin Mary to read. Anne does appear to be teaching her daughter, but there is not book.

Anne was not usually pictured as elderly before the 16th century.

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Photographed at the church by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.