ALBA MADONNA RAPHAEL

Niue 2017 10$ ALBA MADONNA RAPHAEL Perfection in Art 2 Oz Silver Coin
$269.10

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Country Cook Islands
Year 2017
Face Value currency Dollar
Face Value number 10
Metal Silver
Fineness 999/1000
Weight 2oz - 62,2g
Diameter 50 mm
Edge Serrated
Mintage 999
Quality Proof-Like
Certificate of authenticity yes
Presentation Case yes
Price $269.10
Alba Madonna
The Alba Madonna is a painting by the Italian High Renaissance artist Raphael, depicting Mary, Jesus and John the Baptist, in a typical Italian countryside. John the Baptist is holding up a cross to Jesus, which the baby Jesus is grasping. All three figures are staring at the cross. The three figures are grouped to the left in the round design, but the outstretched arm of the Madonna and the billowing material of her cloak balance the image. This Madonna was commissioned by Paolo Giovio who planned to send it to the church of the Olivetani in Nocera dei Pagani. In the 18th century, the painting belonged to the Spanish House of Alba, whose name it bears. In 1836 it was acquired by Nicholas I of Russia, who made it one of the highlights of the Imperial Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg. A century later the Soviet Government clandestinely sold it to Andrew W. Mellon, who donated his collection to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where it may be seen today.

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