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“Virgin in Prayer” is a beautiful oil painting on canvas (73×57 c…


“Virgin in Prayer” is a beautiful oil painting on canvas (73×57 cm) by Giovan Battista Salvi known as Sassoferrato, executed in 1640-50 circa and housed at the National Gallery of London. This devotional painting makes us feel as if we are in the same room as the Virgin Mary, who appears almost life-size, praying in quiet devotion. The background is so plain and dark that nothing distracts us from her bowed head framed by a white headdress or her hands pressed gently together. Bright light draws attention to her dazzling blue drapery, giving life to the folds of the fabric. The blue is ultramarine, which was an extremely expensive pigment.
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