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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, (1571 – 1610)  Madonna of the Rosary  Oil on canvas, 1607  364,5 cm × 249,5 cm  Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria
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Title: Madonna of the Rosary
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Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio, (1571 – 1610)
Madonna of the Rosary
Oil on canvas, 1607
364,5 cm × 249,5 cm
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria

The Madonna of the Rosary is a painting finished in 1607 by the Italian Baroque painter Caravaggio. It is housed in the Kunsthistorisches Museum of Vienna.

In its huge scale and multi-figured design the grandest of Caravaggio's paintings, this may have been commissioned by Cesare d'Este, Duke of Modena, in 1605 and undertaken in Naples. It was offered to Vincenzo I Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua, in 1607 and was bought by a consortium of Flemish artists, including Rubens, by whom it was offered to the Dominican church in Antwerp.

The theme is Dominican. St. Dominic and his friars spread the devotion of the rosary; and here the Madonna, as Queen of Heaven, issues orders to the saint to her right, who clutches a rosary, and the Dominican St. Peter Martyr to her left. Beside St. Peter Martyr stands the most famous of Dominican theologians, St. Thomas Aquinas.

Madonna, Child and saints form a heavenly triangle concealed the classically costumed suppliants at the front, who kneel in prayer with arms outstretched to St Dominic, while a donor in modern ruff and doublet eyes the viewer. The column to the left and the curtain overhead add to the formality of the scene. Caravaggio achieves an elaborate ordering and interlocking of forms that heralds the typical Baroque altarpiece.

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