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This rustic wood plaque featuring The Immaculate Conception by Guido Reni comes from trees grown and harvested in Ohio and is 100% made in the U.S.A. Each solid wood plaque is hewn and joined together by the hands of our Steubenville woodworkers then digitally printed with hi-tech inks that slowly stain and permeate the wood with a scratch-free work of art.
Because these rustic plaques are made from real, solid wood, each piece may have minor cracks, knots, and other imperfections that add character and authenticity. As unique as human fingerprints, no two plaques are alike.
Smaller sizes of plaques are cut from single boards, while larger sizes are made up of several boards joined together.
This 1627 painting by renowned Italian artist Guido Reni depicts the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary is shown in the center of the piece, dressed in vibrant pink and blue, surrounded by golden light and heavenly angels. Depictions of the Blessed Virgin Mary by Reni are known for their stunning female beauty and devotional nature, and this piece is no exception. It is believed that this picture, hanging in the Cathedral of Seville for many years, influenced many generations of Catholic artists, including Bartolome Esteban Murillo.
Easily the most famous and sought-after artist of his time, Guido Reni painted under the patronage of many powerful Italian families that included Cardinals and even Popes. Reni was known to be neurotic and emotionally volatile, prone to suspicion of being hexed or poisoned by artistic rivals - it is unclear whether the latter was justified or not. Legends abound of Reni angrily quitting commissioned jobs or painting the likeness of his patrons into devils or sinners when he was poorly paid or insulted, but these may have been fabricated by those who sought to tarnish his reputation.
Some of the other best-known works of Guido Reni in the Catholic art world today include his famous portraits of St. Michael the Archangel, St. Matthew, and numerous depictions of St. Joseph holding the Christ Child.
In the image, Mary looks into the heavens as angels surround her in a golden light. The Virgin, donned in a pink tunic with a blue robe, is crowned with 12 stars with the moon under her feet.
( RWP-4060 )