Price: $ 12,000.00
This 18th century Spanish colonial oil on canvas represents 'La Virgen de la Leche. The 'Blessed Virgin of Milk' represents Mary nursing the infant Jesus, both surrounded by an aura of radiant gold light and colorful flower garlands. Although nudity during this genre was generally discouraged, and at times, could be considered a punishable offense, The 'Virgen de la Leche' and her sacred milk were looked upon differently. Much like the blood of Christ, milk was the blood of humanity, and it was believed to provide wisdom and help cure infections.
The painting is displayed in the original 18th century hand carved and gilt-wood frame. The frame is a museum worthy work of art in itself - masterfully carved, primed with a tinted gesso, and gilt in a high karat gold leaf.
Condition: in overall excellent condition with original 18th century canvas. Canvas with cracquelure throughout. Professionally stretched on a solid wood stretcher.
Dimensions: 32.5 inches vertical x 27.5 inches horizontal (frame). Painting measures 24 inches x 18 inches.
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