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The Virgin

Joseph Stella

American Art

 Famous for his depictions of modernist icons such as the Brooklyn Bridge, the Italian-born artist Joseph Stella immigrated to New York in 1896. There, he produced Cubo-Futurist compositions of the city that captured the tempo and dynamism of urban life. In later years, however, Stella returned to Italy and focused increasingly on religious themes. Here, the Virgin Mary appears against a dense array of fruits and flowers—common symbols of fertility—with a view of the Bay of Naples in the background. Reinterpreting Italian Renaissance altarpieces through a brightly saturated palette and bold modeling of form, Stella’s Madonna embodies the early twentieth-century interest in religion and spirituality.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1926
DIMENSIONS 39 11/16 x 38 3/4 in. (100.8 x 98.4 cm) Frame: 43 1/2 x 42 1/2 x 3 in. (110.5 x 108 x 7.6 cm)  (show scale)
CREDIT LINE Gift of Adolph Lewisohn
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Joseph Stella (American, born Italy, 1877-1946). The Virgin, 1926. Oil on canvas, 39 11/16 x 38 3/4 in. (100.8 x 98.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Adolph Lewisohn, 28.207 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 28.207_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 28.207_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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