17th Century Italian School (Entourage of CORRADINI) - Saint Françoise Romaine and Bernard Tolomei

17th century
The Middle Ages, Renaissance, Louis XIII style
From: 75009, Paris, France

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    17th century Italian school
    (Circle of Annibale Corradini)
    Oil on copper
    33 x 23.5 cm (41 x 32 cm with frame)
    Inscription on the back "Benedizione.. / Fatto... / 1620 / ..."
    The composition takes up the famous subject of Saint Françoise Romaine and the angel invented by Guercino but in its version composed by Annibale Corradini in 1608 by adding another figure of the Benedictine order. Saint Françoise Romaine holds the book of psalms with an angel at her side who crosses her arms and looks up to heaven. This composition is original by the addition of a figure, probably Saint Bernard Tolomei, this other great figure of the order of the Benedictines that we recognize thanks in particular to a portrait of him young which is in the Colonna gallery in Rome (Tuscan school of the 16th century).
    The two characters are today two great Benedictine and Olivetine saints. Saint Bernard Tolomei is the founder of the monastery of Sainte Marie du Mont Olivet in 1319 and Saint Françoise Romaine founded in 1425 the association of the Oblates of Mary, attached to the Benedictines of Mont Olivet, whose rule Eugene IV will confirm in 1444.
    It was Pope Benedict XVI on April 26, 2009 who proclaimed Brother Bernard Tolomei a saint. Since the canonization of Saint Françoise Romaine in 1608, he is the first Benedictine saint canonized after a trial with recognition of a miracle. Giovanni Tolomei, who will take the name of Bernard, is this Italian Benedictine monk who founded the Congregation of the Most Blessed Virgin of Mont-Olivet known as the Order of Mont-Olivet. Giovanni Tolomei came from the great family of financiers active in Europe and France in the 14th century. According to legend, he was blind and made a vow to live a real penance if he regained his sight.
    The beautiful text of Psalm 72 which is readable here in the hands of Saint Françoise Romaine illustrates the idea of conversion: "Tenuisti manum dexteram meam, et in voluntate de se ipso tuo deduxisti me" ("You took my right hand, and you led me according to your good pleasure").


    Style The Middle Ages, Renaissance, Louis XIII style (Religious paintings of The Middle Ages, Renaissance, Louis XIII style Style)
    Century 17th century (Religious paintings 17th century)
    Artist Ecole italienne du XVIIe siècle (Entourage d'Annibale CORRADINI)
    Country of origin Italy
    Width (cm) 23,5 cm (32 cm avec le cadre)
    Height (cm) 33 cm (41 cm avec le cadre)
    Shipping Time Ready to ship in 4-7 Business Days
    Location 75009, Paris, France

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