Episode 2: From Birth to Beheading
Like Christ, John the Baptist was also miraculously conceived. His elderly mother Elizabeth was also a kinswoman of the Virgin Mary. In this episode, art historian Jennifer Sliwka and theologian Ben Quash reveal the significance of the meeting of the two pregnant women and their unborn children – an event known as ‘The Visitation’ – and its commemoration in church liturgy, music and art.
In this episode we visit King’s College Chapel to hear the choir sing the ‘Magnificat’ before returning to the National Gallery to see Workshop of the Master of 1518′