Signed OPUS CAROLI CRIVELLI VENETI on the stone parapet in pink marble, the work was created by Carlo Crivelli, a Venetian painter among the most important artists of the 1400s.
A small jewel of art with extraordinary details, rendered with miniature skill of the various elements and full of a particular Marian and Christological symbolism of references linked to the Passion of Christ. The apples of the festoon allude to original sin, the cucumber to the resurrection of Jesus, the open shell with a mollusk in the right hand, is an allegory of the incarnation of Christ inside the womb of Mary, the goldfinch tied to the thread is a symbol of the Passion .
The Virgin's robe is sumptuous, made up of a golden damask mantle, made by Crivelli with real gold leaves and decorated with acanthus flowers, whose thorns recall the pain of the son's passion. Finally, the Book of Wisdom, placed on the parapet, open and abandoned to the blowing of the wind, connotes the Virgin as Mater Sapientiae.
The extreme design elegance of the scene is revealed in the face of the Virgin, characterized by an affectionate but at the same time melancholy expression; refined is the way in which she grasps, at the tip of her fingers, the foot of her child; as intended is their exchange of glances.