Ancient Italian fresco
‘Madonna del latte’
Late 18th century
1770-1820 (estimated dating)
95 x 66 cm, framed (frame from the early 1900s)
Canvas applied on a panel to preserve it
The fresco comes from a private chapel, already framed, it was placed in a small niche inside a deconsecrated chapel. It probably has Tuscan origins, like most of the frescoes detached from walls around the 60s and 70s. Reconstructed during restoration with colour integration to fill the gaps, despite this, it follows the original texture and criteria. The Madonna del Latte or 'Galaktotrophousa', in Latin 'Madonna Lactans' or 'Virgo Lactans', is a recurrent Christian iconography in art, sometimes accompanied by the expression ‘Monstra te esse matrem’. Nowadays, according to the Roman Catholic style, the liturgical holiday of the ‘Madonna del Latte’ falls on July 2nd.
The tear technique allows to remove the pictorial film of 2 or maximum 3 mm, and to place it on a canvas by fixing it with a water-soluble adhesive. This technique was created in the 1700s by the painter Antonio Contri, but in 1729 the restorer Antonio Michelini had already torn a painting by Titian. This technique allows not only to make a painting easily replaceable, but also to transform a fresco painting into a painting on canvas. A very useful technique, therefore, for museums and art galleries, which favours trade and collecting. Similarly to the search for sinopias, the preparatory paintings of the fresco are, after the mid-twentieth century, the subject of great attention by scholars and collectors.
Rvc Restauri Collection, with stamps on the back and archive number Rvc - issued with a brochure on the historiography of fresco tears
Lawful origin, decorative work.
- Fresco antiguo sobre lienzo / Pintura mural / Siglo XVIII "Madonna del latte"
- Témpera y derivados de la pared.
- Periodo estimado
- Finales del siglo XVIII
- País de origen
- Buen estado - usado y con pequeños signos de los años y con imperfecciones