Item: A14: 8,1/2âx4,1/2â Madonna with child , angels and dove (Madonna of Boccadirio)
This beautiful Della Robbia ceramic holy water font is hand made in Italy.
It is signed with the artist logo and marked "made in Italy" on the back.
It has two holes on the top border to be hanged.
It can be placed outdoors in the garden or in the home for decoration (in Italy you actually see these pieces outdoors, cemented to the wall, as a benediction to the house, since people have them blessed).
The vibrant colors will not fade with time.
This beautiful and lovely theme is a reproduction of the original one by Andrea Della Robbia of the year 1505.
The image describes the Madonna with her child in her arm, surrounded by four angels and the Holy Spirit on the top center of the composition, represented by the dove.
The shape of the water holder is a shell which in fact represents the universal sacred symbol for the rebirth and purification, recalling to the "waters" of the Genesis on which the Spirit of God glided down in order to operate the creation; it is the baptismal symbol: the tool used to reach the Saint Water and to pour it on the new forehead of the elected one.
The topic is the representation of an event that is said to have occurred on July 16, 1480 in a little village (Boccadirio) in the mountains of central Italy. The story narrates that two young siblings (Donato and Cornelia Vangelisti), while herding their sheep, prayed for the Madonna to help them; suddenly the Madonna appeared to them as represented in the ceramic, ordering them to have a sanctuary constructed in the same spot where she appeared. Years later a magnificent church was built on this site and a beautiful ceramic representing this event was ordered to the workshop of Andrea Della Robbia. That original ceramic stands today on the main altar of that church.
( http://www.santuari.it/boccadirio/ )
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