St. Anne Teaches Mary to Read

Oil on canvas
St. Stephen's Cathedral, Passau, Germany

This is an example of the post-medieval development in which Anne comes to be represented as a woman of advanced years. The man behind her is presumably her husband Zechariah.

The painting may be dated by Mary's tête de mouton hairstyle, which was popular in the mid-18th century.

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