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ARTEMIS GALLERY Rare 17th C. Spanish Tin Retablo - La Alma de Maria

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Seller: artemisgallery (669) 100%, Location: Louisville, CO, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 381713822111 Rare 17th C. Spanish Tin Retablo - La Alma de Maria Europe, Spain, ca. 17th century CE. A breathtaking and quite rare 17th century Spanish painted retablo depicting "La Alma de Maria" or "The Soul of Mary" - alternatively called "La Virgen de la Paloma" or "The Virgin of the Dove." The artist depicted a youthful Mary with the "Espiritu Santo" (Holy Sprit) represented in the form of a white dove signifying the descent of the Holy Ghost upon Mary and the announcement of the Incarnation. Most Mexican retablos depicting La Alma de Maria show the Virgin wearing a crown of roses with her hands crossed over her heart. Here in this 17th century Spanish example her head is instead covered by her traditional blue robe and her hands are not visible. We do, however, see her attributes in the form of a staff with a lily and another with roses crossed beneath the dove. This iconography stems from the fact that the Virgin has been alternatively called a "rose without thorns" or a "lily among thorns" in order to symbolize her purity and exemption from worldly sins. This example presents her lovely face with skillfully modeled features, her garments as gracefully flowing draperies, and she is bedecked with lustrous pearls as is customary. A finely painted and composed example under glass in a wood frame with lovely scalloped edges, so rare and so divine! Size: image measures 2.5" x 3" (6.4 x 7.6 cm); with frame measures 3.75" W x 4.5" H (9.5 cm x 11.4 cm) #114512 Condition: Minor wavy surface but overall near choice. Provenance: Ex - Wm. S collection, LA, Ca. All items legal to buy/sell under U.S. Statute covering cultural patrimony Code 2600, CHAPTER 14, and are guaranteed to be as described or your money back. All items come with a Certificate of Authenticity

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