The Virgin, Jesus and Saint John Baptist by William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1875.
This painting, in my humble opinion, is one of the most serene paintings of Our Lady, Mother Mary. I simply could stare at it all day. Although Bouguereau is French, the image reminds me of my time in Italy. A place where people love to adore The Virgin Mary. I particularly loved the frescos.
When I purchased this antique Jacobean blind door china hutch, I know immediately what I wanted to do. I wanted to pay homage to The Madonna. A shrine, so to speak. And I wanted the dark oak to have an almost fresco feel to it (especially on the side panels and drawer fronts.
So I set to work. A thousand different steps, and a multitude of materials. The only ‘creative liberty’ that I took was that I gold leafed her halo. Because. Because she deserves it.
The main body is a muted pink base, with neutral grey top color. Lots of texture, lots of intentional imperfections. Aged by nature. The detailing has also been gold leafed, and distressed. A fresco is anything but shiny and new. Variations is texture and color. That was my goal. To have the image look authentic to the piece. I think it works.
The piece itself is big and made from solid oak. The door itself is a solid 1 1/2″ thick! Measurements are approximately 61″H x 17″D x 38″W
This is a piece dear to my heart. I think it may be close to your also.
Because of the sheer weight, I would greatly welcome local pickup from Portland, Oregon. If you require shipping, please email me and I’ll work with you to get a reasonable shipping quote.
As always, thanks for stopping by!