Madonna stands upon dragon and clouds with hands placed to chest

Immaculate Madonna, c.1710

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The Driscoll Art Accessions Endowment Fundexpand_more  2010.77

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Ponsonelli presents a vision of the Virgin Mary floating on clouds, one foot placed firmly on the crescent moon, the other on a dragon (symbol of the devil). The Immaculate Madonna was a popular subject with Baroque painters. Like other artists, Ponsonelli ramped up the drama by showing Mary’s clothes in tumultuous movement, her wind-whipped drapery a masterly rendering in marble. The foremost sculptor in Genoa in the early 1700s, Ponsonelli worked for patrons all over Europe, and his biographer notes that he even sent sculptures to Latin America.

Details
Title
Immaculate Madonna
Artist Life
1654–1735
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2010.77
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Madonna stands upon dragon and clouds with hands placed to chest