St. Anne and the Virgin Mary

Circa 1817
Palatine Chapel, Palermo, Sicily.

Unlike most modern representations of the pair, Anne is not shown teaching the young Mary to read. Instead, she engages the viewer's eye and points away from the child to Heaven.

The saint on the left is Sebastian.

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