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19th C Pastel Mother & Child Parsons 1858 After Raphael

Pastel on paper, laid down on canvas, sight 23" x 19", framed in oval wood gold leaf to 28" x 22". Inscribed in pencil on canvas verso, "Finished June 19th 1858, Emma Parsons," and monogrammed within the embroidery of the mother's shawl, lower left, stylized "EP." Period frame and glass. Box and goblet added for size reference; shape appears more round in the photos, but is a perfect oval, within a very desirable 19th century gold leaf frame, with raised ornamentation at upper and lower center, and on each center side. Back has been professionally secured since photos were taken. Excellent condition with only minor finish losses to the frame. c. 1858. $85 US Shipping.

HISTORY OF THE IMAGE: A very talented artist, Ms. Parsons was inspired by Raphael's (16th Century Italy) "Madonna della Sedia" or "Madonna of the Chair." This endearing image has been copied by many artists through the centuries, and in many different ways -- with halos, without halos, with John the Baptist, without John the Baptist, changes in the clothing (but always with the same head dress, upper design of the shawl, and the turned post of the chair). Ms. Parsons chose to create her pastel after Raphael's, by eliminating the second child, any halos, and by choosing pure white for the head dress, and blacks and browns where brighter colors were originally used.

Wikipedia offers the following history of the original work: The Madonna della seggiola or Madonna della sedia is a Madonna painting by the Italian renaissance artist Raphael. It depicts Mary embracing the child Christ, while the young John the Baptist devoutly watches. It is housed in the Palazzo Pitti collection in Florence. Painted during his Roman period, this Madonna does not have the strict geometrical form and linear style of his earlier Florentine treatments of the same subject. Instead, the warmer colors seem to suggest the influence of Titian and Raphael's rival Sebastiano del Piombo. Maria Montessori, Italian doctor and pioneer in pedagogy, wrote that it was her wish that the Madonna della seggiola hang in each Children's House (Montessori school) as a symbol of "humanity [St. John] rendering homage to maternity [Madonna]".[1] Ingres greatly admired Raphael and paid tribute to him by including this painting in many of his works, such in the background of as Henri IV playing with his children and Raphael and La Fornarina, on the table in front of the subject in his Portrait of monsieur Rivière, and worked into the carpet in Napoleon I on his Imperial Throne. [our thanks to Wikipedia]

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