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HUGE (51.5" L x 44.75 W) Authentic 19th C. Spanish Colonial Painting of 'Virgin Mary with Christ Child' with / COA- Stunning Statement Piece

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Large Wonderfully executed authentic 18th to 19th Century Spanish Mexican Colonial painting depicting depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary in her role as the patroness of the Carmelite Order or the Discalced Carmelite Order - also known as the Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel or the Brown Scapular. N.S. de Carmen is presented in her role as the protectress, donning her traditional robes painted jewel tone red with 8-pointed stars, decorative trim, and the shield of the Carmelite Order delineated in gold leaf. She holds the Christ Child and is flanked by two angels who hold up her white mantle of cascading, voluminous folds. Below are 5 souls in purgatory. An elegantly balanced composition with skillfully modeled figures framed in a sizeable, gold and red painted wood frame. Size: painting itself measures 45" L x 38.375" W (114.3 cm x 97.5 cm); 51.5" L x 44.75" W (130.8 cm x 113.7 cm) in frame

Both Our Lady of Mount Carmel and the Child hold scapulars that resemble the shield of the Carmelite Order comprised of the cross on a mound with stars on either side. This shield and the colors of her robe and cape identify the figure as N.S. de Carmen. Mary's dark complexion, brunette hair, and elaborate golden collar and crown are characteristic of Mexican interpretations. The feast day of Our Lady of Mount Carmel associated with the Scapular is celebrated on July 16th.

According to the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments; Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy. Principles and Guidelines. Vatican, 2001, the Brown Scapular is "an external sign of the filial relationship established between the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother and Queen of Mount Carmel, and the faithful who entrust themselves totally to her protection, who have recourse to her maternal intercession, who are mindful of the primacy of the spiritual life and the need for prayer."

The scapular was traditionally a broad band of cloth worn over the shoulders, that fell below the knees toward the feet front and back as an apron. It is still worn as a component of the religious habit by a number of orders of monks and friars. Gradually the scapular was adapted for use by the laity, and became two small panels of brown cloth joined by strings and worn over the shoulders as a familiar Marian sacramental. Its popularity persisted because of its association with the salvation of souls.

Condition: Painting shows some fading/loss to pigments, scuffs/abrasions, and stains commensurate with age. There are also some areas of restoration and repaired canvas visible on verso. Imagery quite vivid. Frame with minor paint loss and a few old nicks, but overall excellent.

Provenance: Comes with Certificate of Authenticity from well respected Gallery that deals in Antiquities and Fine Art, prior: ex-private Moore collection, Denver, Colorado, USA, acquired prior to 1990

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