1 Fine early 20th century European Religious portrait oil painting depicting Christ & Madonna Icon.
Subject Religious portrait of Mary with Jesus Christ as a young child they are floating on a cloud below.
Distinctly signed by a European artist Otto Paulus.
Beautifully controlled brush work.
This is so sought after by art collectors.
Very unusual and rare.
A great feature is this is larger then most icons which are usually quite small in size, this frame size is 79cm high.
Oil painting on plastered hessian.
A Madonna is a representation of Mary, either alone or with her child Jesus.
These images are central icons for both the Catholic and Orthodox churches.
The word is from Italian ma donna, meaning 'my lady'.
The Madonna and Child type is very prevalent in Christian iconography, divided into many traditional subtypes especially in Eastern Orthodox iconography, often known after the location of a notable icon of the type, such as the Theotokos of Vladimir, Agiosoritissa, Blachernitissa, or descriptive of the depicted posture, as in Hodegetria, Eleusa.
The term Madonna in the sense of "picture or statue of the Virgin Mary" enters English usage in the 17th century, primarily in reference to works of the Italian Renaissance.
In an Eastern Orthodox context, such images are typically known as Theotokos.
The earliest depictions of Mary date still to Early Christianity (2nd to 3rd centuries), found in the Catacombs of Rome.
These are in a narrative context, the classical "Madonna" or "Theotokos" imagery develops from the 5th century, as Marian devotion rose to great importance after the Council of Ephesus formally affirmed her status as "Mother of God or Theotokos ("God-bearer") in 431.
Half-length Madonnas are the form most frequently taken by painted icons of the Eastern Orthodox Church, where the subject matter is highly formulated so that each painting expresses one particular attribute of the "Mother of God".
Half-length paintings of the Madonna and Child are also common in Italian Renaissance painting, particularly in Venice.
Ideal for TV film studio, stage theatre prop shops.
A wonderful talking point with your guests.
Set in a rather fine original primitive gilt plaster frame.
With metal hanging bracket on the back ready for immediate home display.
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With hanging thread on the back ready for immediate home display.
Circa early 20th century dated 1931.
Offered in fine used condition.
Having some noticeable staining craquelure to the painting surface and restoration paint touch ups in places with some minor paint loss & flaking also foxing, with various wear scuffs, chips to the frame commensurate with usage & old age.
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