The Appearance of the Virgin to St. Maurice

Francesco Trevisani, Attributed to

This is one of the paintings in our collection. It was made in Italy in circa 17th century.
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About the Work
"A blurring of the earthly and heavenly realms became a feature of many Baroque religious paintings. In Wanganui's Appearance of the blessed Virgin to St Maurice by Domenico Piola (1627-1703) [Fig. 58, overleaf], the apparition brought about by the saints religious fervour is revealed between the branches of a tree, placing the Virgin and her upheld child within reach of the human hand. The sense of immediacy is heightened by the paintings unusual frame, its black background standing as a foil for the arabesque of flowers which weave around it. It is tempting to think that it might have been Domenico's brother-in-law Stefano Camogli, who specialised in such effects. The small scale of the painting suggests it is a bozzetto or sketch for a larger composition, or perhaps for the production of a print." Mary Kisler "Angels and Aristocrats" pub by Auckland Art Gallery in 2011, pg 91.
Measurements
Image 422 x 560 mm
Frame 610 x 715 x 60 mm
Media
oil on canvas
Description
Religious painting showing the Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus sitting on a cloud above a kneeling figure wearing a red cloak holding a sword. Putti are arranged on the clouds. The frame has a distinctive multicoloured painted decoration with floral motifs.
Credit Line
Collection of the Sarjeant Gallery Te Whare o Rehua Whanganui. Purchased on behalf of the Gallery by Mr and Mrs J.A. Neame, 1922.
Collection Type
Permanent collection
Acquisition Date
1922