Allegory of the Immaculate Conception – Church of San Michele Visdomini

Church of San Michele Visdomini

In this altarpiece depicting the Immaculate Conception – which dates to the late 16th-century and is attributed to F. Morandini (called Poppi) – the artist created an image of the Eternal Father pointing to the Virgin Mary from Above. She is seated on a tree trunk with serpent wrapped around it; to either side of the Virgin are angels, putti, and figures representing the Virtues. In the foreground, Adam and Eve are clearly recognizable; however, the many figures in the center are poorly legible and difficult to identify because of the thick layer of altered varnishes. A careful in-depth study will make it possible to ascertain the style, attribution, and general iconography of the painting.

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