Statue of the Virgin of Pompei, of fiberglass, 85 cm, handmade in Italy.
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Time of realization about 20/30 days
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Fiberglass statue, internally empty and very light. It is suitable to be carried during the processions. The manufacturing is entirely manual. When the two parts are linked, there is the finishing of the statue and it is perfectly smoothed, then the statue goes through the coloring section. The skilled decorators hand paint using particolar varnishes, conforming to the traditional iconography. The fiberglass is a plastic material, very resistant and humidity absorber which is used in many sectors: industry, furnitures, building of boats, airplanes, vehicles, garden swimmingpool etc.
The story of this image is very long and complicated. It hails from the second half of 1890, when Bartolo Ionco went to Naples to buy an image of the Virgin of the Rosary, which he saw in a shop.
In Via Toledo he met his teacher Padre Radente, who recommended him to go to the Rosary Conservatory of Porta Medina and to pick an old painting up, to restore it.
The painting was in bad condition and it showed some contradictions in the Virgin’s attitude and in the image of Saint Rose, who it was not Saint Catherine, as the Dominican tradition wanted.
The canvas was placed in the SS. Salvatore parish and it was subjected to many restorations and modifications. Then it was exhibited in a lateral chapel of a Shrine.
In the following years thousands of pilgrims visited the Shrine and they gave copious riches to the Virgin.
The last restoration happened in 1965, when the precious stones were removed for security reasons.
The Virgin is represented on her throne with the Baby on her knees. She is passing a rosary crown to Saint Dominic who is at her foot and another one to Saint Catherine.
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