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La Virgen María (The Virgin Mary) is a portrait painting by the artist Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida. Sorolla was a Modern Master that learned about historical and religious painting and that, at the beginning of the 20th century, changed Spanish art forever. While his commercial affluence came from big canvases with Orientalist and mythological themes, his work of the Valencia area was among the most popular images of his oeuvre. La Virgen María shows a lesser-known side of the painter, but it is still deeply rooted in his aesthetic principles.
Sorolla became part of the Escuela de Bellas Artes de San Carlos when he was only 15 years old. Young Joaquín had his upbringing by his uncle, who was an artisan. Since they were from a low-income family, Sorolla studied to be a locksmith since he was a child. Noticing the young man’s interest, his uncle gave him the green light to proceed in his studies. He also had the personal and artistic mentorship of Antonio Garcia, a respected local photographer who employed him. Later, Sorolla ended up marrying Clotílde, Antonio’s daughter.
Sorolla applied himself and started to be noticed by his masters at the Fine Arts School of San Carlos. They suggested that he send his work to art contests, and he began gaining local prizes and notoriety. Eventually, he won an excellent grant to the Spanish Academy in Rome, where he learned many oil techniques and became apt for Academic painting.
The Virgin Mary is a portrait by Joaquín Sorolla painted between 1885 and 1887, and it probably was made as an Academic exercise by the artist. During this time, while living in Rome, we see a dimension of Sorolla’s art heavily influenced by Italian art, and as such, this theme certainly borrows from the madonnas. Still, the use of black paint to depict the Virgin’s vestments is undoubtedly inspired by Velázquez and Goya, both Masters who used the color in various ways.
Mary is against a primed background. Her figure was painted realistically with a white cloth over her head, and the rest of her attire was depicted in a deep black. Contrary to the idealized versions of Renaissance, Sorolla’s Mary shows his preference for realistic principles: Mary looks like she could be any woman from the common crowd, and yet there is an enigmatic aura in her expression.
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Important Notes About Your Painting:
If you have any request to alter your reproduction of La Virgen María (The Virgin Mary), you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of La Virgen María (The Virgin Mary) that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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Depending on the degree of damage to the warranted painting, it will either be repaired or replaced. This warranty service is provided free of charge.
When purchasing a painting on its own, it will arrive rolled inside a secure tube with an extra 1.5" of white canvas on all sides so you can easily frame it in any local frame shop.
You may choose to purchase your painting framed, in which case, it will arrive "ready to hang". We offer more than 20 beautiful models, all hand finished and expertly assembled by our experienced framers.
Note that for safety reasons we can only frame up to a certain size. Once the maximum size is reached the framing option is automatically disabled.
If you are planning to frame your painting yourself,
use an existing frame, or frame it locally, you may choose to order your painting with a stretching service,
meaning that it will arrive mounted on wooden bars.
If you're considering not framing your painting at all, you may opt for a Gallery Wrap. The term Gallery Wrap refers to the way the canvas is stretched, which is by wrapping it around thick stretcher bars, about 1.5 inch thick, with the canvas being secured to the back rather than the sides of those bars.
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