Project Description

Madonna in terracotta,
18th century Gilding, (gold leaf)
superb condition and very beautiful patina.
(Some slight gilding shortages due to partial shards, see pictures)
The very delicate face is treated soberly, the skin tone is created by a glaze color pulp, delicately enhanced to the color to emphasize the facial features.
It lacks both hands.
No crack, break, no hair.
The sphere on which the Virgin rests is the earth. The latter itself rests on a base with blue patina. This base was originally polychrome or very probably also gilded to the leaf.
The Virgin has open arms, standing on the earthly body, crushing the snake who eats the apple of the original sin.
In Christian iconography this representation of the Virgin Mary is that of the New Eve, unlike the first Eve, who, with Adam, succumbed to the temptations of the devil.
She then crushes the serpent, meditative and praying, through Jesus who will be born of it, to form the new Covenant between Men and God.
59 x 22,5 cm 

Price: please contact us

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