Madonna of the Streets (Stage 3)

11×14″ oil on stretched canvas; not yet available for sale.

Now emerging out of the paint is the more detailed version of the statue. (Compare to previous two days). At this stage, I am inclined to quit before I finish, so that I do not lose a fresh and loose look to the painting, but always I see more to improve. If I work further on this piece, I might try to finesse the madonna’s white stone eyes, but sometimes it is better to leave well enough alone! The original painting by Feruzzi upon which the statue was modeled, has a homey story behind it. It is said that the artist used an eleven year old girl and her little brother as models, draped in some beautiful cloth to give us the wonderful image. He called it “Madonna of the Streets” because she is walking forward with the child.

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