Virgin of the Rosary with Patrons and Angels
Virgin of the Rosary with Patrons and Angels

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Virgin of the Rosary with Patrons and Angels

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This painting was created as a visual aid for devotion to the Fifteen Mysteries of the Rosary.  The Virgin and Child are encircled by an oversized chaplet of fifty-five blossoms (one third of a full rosary).  The painting, like a set of rosary beads, was meant to help remember and count the meditations and prayers that comprise the devotion.  The fifty small roses, one for each Ave Maria (Hail Mary) in a chaplet, are separated into groups of ten by five large roses, one for each Pater Noster (Our Father).  Each rose calls to mind a particular mystery, that is, an event from the life of Christ or the Virgin.

Object Information

artist
Unknown
nationality
German
creation date
about 1480
materials
oil and gold on panel
dimensions
38-1/4 x 23-3/8 in.
43-3/8 x 28-1/2 in. (framed)
accession number
24.2
credit line
James E. Roberts Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture to 1945
colors