COLONIAL SCHOOL, LATE 18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY
Madonna and Child
inscribed ‘IN GREMIO MATRIS SEDET / SAPIENTIA PATRIS’ (on the scroll); and further inscribed ‘IL VERO BITRATO DELLA SACRATISIMA VERGINE MARIA MIRACOLOSA IN VALLE DE VIGEZZO IN RE’ (along the bottom edge)
oil on canvas
29 1/2 x 23 1/4 in. (75 x 59 cm.)
The present lot refers to a famous fresco depicting the Nursing Madonna in the Santuario della Madonna del Sangue, in Re, Val Vigezzo, Italy. In 1494, a stone hit the fresco and it miraculously started to bleed. Therefore this painting depicts the Virgin with drops of blood on her forehead.