A 19th century oil on canvas after 'Madonna Del Velo' by Carlo Dolci.
The infant Christ Child reclines on pillows while the Virgin Mary lovingly gazes down at him, holding a transparent veil in her hands. This intimate and touching view of the Holy Family exemplifies the Renaissance fascination with Jesus's humanity. The Virgin's beauty and youth, the child's pudgy body, and their warm smiles enhance the sense of the Holy Family as ordinary, loving, and ultimately very human.
The work has some paint losses to the exterior and there is possibly some historic overpainting in areas (to the Christ Child's face and left hand).
A striking work.
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