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We do not know the origins of this mysterious painting. It has the wide rectangular shape typical of Venetian votive pictures made to thank the Virgin Mary or a patron saint.
The image appears to be unique in showing a Muslim warrior kneeling in adoration before the Virgin and Child. The infant Christ raises his right hand in blessing while a page in Venetian costume stands behind the wall holding the warrior’s horse. The painting may commemorate the warrior’s conversion to Christianity or the hope for universal peace.
A Warrior adoring the Infant Christ and the Virgin
Oil on canvas
H 155.3 x W 263.5 cm