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Anastasio Fontebuoni (1571-1626)

Madonna di Pistoia 1621-23

RCIN 405559

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In 1336 a girl in hospital in Pistoia, near Florence, saw the Virgin Mary in a dream and was miraculously cured. Her vision was painted soon afterwards in a fresco in the church of the Madonna delle Grazie in Pistoia. In 1621 Ferdinando Gonzaga, Duke of Mantua commissioned this depiction of the same subject which consciously follows the design of the earlier fresco.