Italian school, late 18th century.
"Virgin of the Rosary".
Oil on canvas. Relined painting.
It has significant paint damage. Overpaints.
19th century frame (with damages).
Measurements: 67 x 52 cm; 91 x 76 cm (frame).
The iconography of the Virgin of the Rosary is directly related to the figure of Saint Dominic. Tradition, which began in the 15th century, tells that the Mother of God herself taught the saint to pray the rosary in 1208, telling him to propagate this devotion and to use it as a powerful weapon against the enemies of the faith. Appearing in the chapel where the saint was praying, holding a rosary in his hand, he taught him to recite it, promising that many sinners would be converted and obtain abundant graces. St. Dominic left there full of zeal, with the rosary in his hand. He did indeed preach it, and with great success, bringing many Albingenses back to the Catholic faith.