‘Master M S’, an unknown painter whose initials, as well as the date 1506, were found on one of the panels of an altarpiece from Banská Štiavnica, Slovakia (a town formerly in Northern Hungary)
The Visitation (meeting of the Virgin Mary and Saint Elisabeth) has become an iconic image in Hungarian art history. The painting depicts the meeting of the two saints with poetic intimacy: Elizabeth recognizes Mary as the mother of God and kisses her hand. The idyllic landscape, which is in harmony with the figures, further enhances the poetic mood of the picture.
It has been established that the painter must have come from abroad; his works have close stylistic ties with the Italian renaissance.
M.S. Master: The Visitation (1506)
Tempera on limewood, 140 x 95 cm
Hungarian National Gallery, Budapest