Italian school Baroque oil on canvas ecclesiastical painting of the Madonna staring down at the Christ Child with her hands folded across her chest, while cherubs hover in the clouds above them. The Christ Child holds a pear in his right hand, a rare symbol of virtue and the virgin's womb, used in the Renaissance and Baroque era. Unsigned. Old label with Italian inscription en verso. Housed in a giltwood frame with stipple engraved details. Sight: 26 1/2" x 20 1/4". Framed: 34 3/4" H x 28" W. Late 16th/ Early 17th century, possibly from the Lombardy region.
The Collection of Griff and Dallas Adams, Johnson City, Tennessee. Property descending from the collection of TN Supreme Court Justice Thaddeus Cox and Pearl Cox, originally housed in "The Oaks", Johnson City, TN.
Overall good condition with light craquelure, no visible retouching. Painting has been lined. Frame with scattered losses, and wear to the exterior border. Largest area approximately 2".