Madonna of the Rosary
Francisco de Herrera (1622-1685)
Formerly attributed to Alonso Cano (1601-1667)
Pen and brown ink and wash, laid down overall onto a fragment of an architectural drawing executed in pen and black ink and grey wash on paper.
Width: 16.6 cm; Height: 26.9 cm;
In graphite, verso, Witt inventory number, 2405
In a darker ink, lower left, recto, Ionso
In graphite, verso, Lonso cano //
In a lighter ink, lower right, recto, 2 R //
Witt, Robert Clermont (Sir); bequest; 1952
About this work
The Madonna of the Rosary was a popular subject in seventeenth-century Spain due to the widespread devotion of the Virgin, who was addressed in the series of prayers making up the Rosary. Standing on the crescent moon and holding the Christ Child, Mary is glorified as the Queen of Heaven. Both figures graciously present rosaries to the viewer. The fluently executed sheet may have been made for private devotion or may record a painting to be seen from below, as both Virgin and child gaze downwards.
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