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This statue was executed in flawless Carrera marble by the renowned Italian sculptor Giovanni Strazza in Rome. The St. John's Veiled Virgin was described by The Newfoundlander 4 December as the second such work by Strazza on the subject of a veiled woman.
During the midth century, Italian nationalism was on the rise, and there was a resurgence in nationalism in the Italian arts and music. Strazza's Veiled Virgin is of a piece with this Risorgimento school of Italian nationalist art.
The image of a veiled woman was a favourite subject of whole school of Strazza's fellow sculptors, with Pietro Rossi and Rafaello Monti the most important among them. Often, the image of the veiled woman was intended to embody Italia, in the same manner in which Britannia symbolized England, Hibernia symbolized Ireland, and Lady Liberty symbolized the United States.
There are similar marble busts depicting veiled women in Canada, the United States, Ireland and England.
None, however, are as meticulously crafted as the Newfoundland Veiled Virgin by Strazza: the facial features and the braids in the hair are clearly visible through the stone veil. The face is veiled, and the figure and features are all seen. It is a perfect gem of art.
Bishop Mullock's sister, Sister Mary di Pazzi Mullock, was a professed member of that community, and later its Superior. Strazza's sculpting confidently revives the ingenuity of the Baroque, and represents a technical triumph which surpasses that of any other work of art found in 19th century Newfoundland.
John's with cultural and nationalist movements of the day in Europe. It may be viewed by appointment.
The Veiled Virgin. John's, NL. Photo by J. Reproduced by permission of J. Related Subjects Artwork Share and print this article:.Lady of the St johns
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