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Madonna della Vallicella

Madonna della Vallicella

The Madonna della Vallicella is an oil-on-slate painting produced between 1606 and 1608 by Peter Paul Rubens. It is his second confirmed commission in Rome, after his now-lost painting cycle for Santa Croce in Gerusalemme.

It was produced as the high-altarpiece for the church of Santa Maria in Vallicella in Rome (also known as the chiesa Nuova or new church) and refers to an ancient miraculous icon of the Nicopeia (bringer of victory) or Kyriotissa (enthroned) type known as the Madonna vallicelliana. Rubens reconstructs this image, surrounded by concentric circles of adoring angels and cherubs

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