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Blessed Osanna Andreasi

Unknown artist, 16th century

Mantova Museo Urbano Diffuso

Mantova Museo Urbano Diffuso

This beautiful painting was donated to the Andreasi House in 2002 by private collectors, it is a replica of a painting made in the late 16th century, the original is also part of a private collection, attributed to Luigi Costa the Elder. This versions differs from the original in that it lacks the plate at the bottom, and also because in the background we can see a large writing in gold letters and the figure of a swan, the symbol of the Andreasi family. Though the original is more intense, this version also is very interesting, with the large cross and the lily around it, indicating the woman’s condition of virgin. The crown of thorns she is holding evidently creates a direct relationship with the suffering of Jesus Christ. In the course of time a specific physical type representing the Blessed took shape: she is both severe and beautiful, conveying a sense of quiet prayer but also the charisma of a benefactor.

Details

  • Title: Blessed Osanna Andreasi
  • Creator: Unknown artist, 16th century

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