Joachim and Anne Meeting at the Golden Gate

15th-century icon “Joachim and Anne Meeting at the Golden Gate” from the collection of Icon Museum Recklinghausen in Germany. The icon depicts Joachim and Anne, the elderly parents of the Virgin Mary, embracing beneath the Golden Gate of Jerusalem. This scene is not described in the New Testament and comes from the Gospel of James telling of the virginal conception and life of the Virgin Mary. Religious icons of the Meeting at the Golden Gate were especially popular in the 14th and 15th centuries.


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