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The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin, with Two Donors

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Juan de VALDES LEAL , 1622 - 1690

The Immaculate Conception of the Virgin, with Two Donors

Short title: The Immaculate Conception with Two Donors
Date: probably 1661
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 189.7 x 204.5 cm
Acquisition credit: Bought, 1889

According to the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Virgin Mary was conceived without original sin. The cherubs here carry emblems associated with the Virgin, including the olive, palm, rose, iris, a mirror and lilies. The throne at the top of the background staircase probably represents the throne of Solomon, the Old Testament King of Israel. Much of the imagery associated with the Immaculate Conception was derived from the Old Testament Song of Songs, once attributed to Solomon.

The identity of the donors is unknown. The man may be a canon or city official; the woman appears to be in mourning dress.


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