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Blue Madonna– 4 sizes – Carlo Dolci – Catholic Art Print – Archival Quality

Blue Madonna– 4 sizes – Carlo Dolci – Catholic Art Print – Archival Quality

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I love the blue in this. I love the quietness and mystery of this picture. Mary is a mysterious personage in the Gospels; she doesn't speak a lot, but she has a profound presence.

Carlo Dolci was an Italian painter of the Baroque period. According to the Ringling Museum, where this work of art is housed, Dolci once stated his "firm intention to paint only works that would inspire the fruits of Christian piety in those who saw them." He specialized in devotional works, and his works were extremely sought after during his lifetime. Recent scholarship has suggested that this painting, long attributed to Dolci, might actually have been the work of his most famous student, Onorio Marinari.

The museum says this about this painting: "The lush royal blue of this young Madonna's robe, reminiscent of El Greco's use of color to communicate spiritual life in his work, comprises most of the composition in this portrait. Beautiful in its simplicity with light from above is falling on her long narrow face, which appears to emerge supernaturally from the shadows of the rich blue fabric. Like Caravaggio and his followers, Dolci highlights the powerful presence of his subject and achieves a dramatic level of emotional engagement through contrasting light and dark in his work."

Carlo Dolci, 1616 -1686, Florence
Media: oil, canvas; Dimensions: 21" x 15.25"; Location: Ringling Museum, Sarasota, Florida

- Acid-free paper
- Archival pigments, rated to last for generations.
- Cardboard backer
- Above story of the art
- Enclosed in a tight-fitting, crystal clear bag.

** IMPORTANT ** The image is smaller than the paper. There is a white border around the picture, 1/2" on 5x7 prints, 1.3" on 8x11, and 1.6" on 11x14. All approx!

Thanks for your interest!
Sue & John

"In order to communicate the message entrusted to her by Christ, the Church needs art." ~ St. Pope John Paul II

Original image is out-of-copyright. Descriptive text and image alterations (hence the whole new image) © by Sue Kouma Johnson - Classic Catholic Art.
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