Churches, grandparents, Holy Trinity Church York, Joachim, medieval, St Anne, St Mary, stained glass.
This stained glass panel, rather than depicting the traditional Holy Family (the infant Christ, the Blessed Virgin Mother and Saint Joseph), depicts Jesus Christ’s maternal grandparents. Joachim, Mary’s father, stands with his arms around his daughter, crowned on his right, and his wife, Saint Anne, her wimpled head surrounded a halo. At their feet stands the infant Christ. Note how young the Blessed Virgin looks in this Medieval depiction; you certainly would not recognise her if all you had to go on were the later Renaissance works of Leonardo Da Vinci or Raphael.