Madonna del Rosario (c.1601)

Caravaggio (1571-1610)

Madonna del Rosario (Our Lady of the Rosary)
c.1601
Oil on canvas, 364.5 × 249.5 cm
Kunsthistorisches MuseumVienna

Our Lady invites St. Dominic to distribute rosaries to the people. St Peter Martyr points to the source of all graces, the Christ Child. The founder invites the viewer to also place himself under the protection of Dominic. Caravaggio probably painted the altarpiece in Rome – in 1620 it came to the Dominican church in Antwerp as a donation to a community of artists (among them Rubens and Jan Brueghel) and was purchased by the Imperial Picture Gallery in 1781. (KHM)