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TITLE:    Virgin of Goldfinch (Special Museum Series)
ARTIST:  Raffaello
SIZE:       19" x 27"
PIECES:  1000
PRICE:    $18
MADE BY: Clementoni
DESCRIPTION:  In this painting, the artist arranged the three figures - Mary, Christ and the young John the Baptist - to fit into a geometrical design. Mary is holding a book, with identifies her as Sedes Sapientiae ("Seat of Wisdom"). The goldfinch is a symbol of Christ's future death. St. John offers the goldfinch to Christ in warning of his future.

Interestingly this painting was a wedding gift from Raphael to his friend Lorenzo Nasi. In 1548 Nasi's house was destroyed by an earthquake and the painting broke into seventeen pieces. It was restored shortly afterwards.

This painting was completed in 1506 and currently hangs in the Uffizi in Florence, Italy.


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