A 14k yellow gold cameo shell brooch depicting the painting of the marriage of Joseph and Mary in Marriage of the Virgin by Raphael in 1504. 60mm x 47mm. Intricate gold scroll work surrounds center. Cameo carving very well done with much attention to detail. Signature of unknown maker etched on the back.
Marriage of the Virgin was completed by Italian Renaissance artist Raphael in 1504. The scene depicts the marriage of Mary and Joseph with a priest in the foreground. A temple sits in the background, which was created by Raphael, taking inspiration from the Temple of St. Peter in Montecitorio built by famous Italian Renaissance architect Bramante. In the painting, Joseph is holding a blooming staff, which is a symbol that he is the chosen one for Mary. The Bramante-inspired temple in the background played an integral part in the formation of the figures in the foreground. The temple stands as a focal point of Raphael's piece, and altogether the temple and arranged figures in the foreground form a circular pattern in Rafael's masterpiece.
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