Wow! This original antique painting is signed and dated - Ernesto Cabrini, 1905. It features "Madonnina" or "Madonna of the Streets", after Ferruzzi. This piece was found near Venice, Italy. It was most likely created as a church banner original - used to create Oleographs for the local churches. This is a rare find, unlike any others I have seen and in just wonderful original condition. It retains all of it's original embellishments and even the solid wooden hanger, large wood rings, and ropework is still intact. The painting is Oil on heavy canvas material.
Never before have I seen one like this! The church banners started out like this as an original and then they used a technique called "oleograph" to mass produce this banner for churches all around Italy. Absolutely stunning. Over 100 years old and still in such great shape! Please click on photos to see how amazing this piece is. Wooden rod with wooden rings. I love the beautiful flower border surrounding this piece. Large in size - approx. 36"L x 24"W.
This well-known artwork has been widely reproduced on Christmas cards, holy cards and other objects. The original was painted by Roberto Ferruzzi, who was a familiar sight in Italy during the final years of the Victorian era.
Although Ferruzzi called the painting "Madonnina," it is better known today as "Madonna of the Streets." Some reproductions show embellishments (billowing clouds and halos) that were added over the years to enhance religious interpretation.
The Madonnina, commonly known as the Madonna of the Streets, was a painting created by Roberto Ferruzzi (1854-1934) and first publicly exhibited in 1897 at an art exhibition in Venice. The models for this painting were Angelina Cian (age 11) and her younger brother. Although not originally painted as a religious picture, this painting was received by the public as a beautiful image of the Virgin Mary holding her Infant Son, and has become the most renowned of Ferruzzi's works.