Prayer, Life, and Art

“Madonna of the Rosary” is an oil on canvas painting by Carvaggio. It was painted in 1607. Madonna with the infant Jesus is in the center of the painting with the infant Jesus as the focus of attention. The Madonna, acting as mediatrix, seems to be gesturing toward St. Dominic on the left who is shown holding rosaries. The faithful are kneeling toward St. Dominic to receive the rosaries. The faithful are poor as seen by their dirty shoeless feet. On the right is the Dominican friar St. Peter Martyr pointing toward the Madonna. St. Peter Martyr has a gash in his forehead depicting his death by axe blow to his head. Behind him is another Dominican Friar.

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