Raphael's Angel Pendant
Origin: Italy, c. 1949
Italian vintage pendant with hand-painted vitreous enamel and silver surround. Oval Communion Medal the painter Raphael's cherub angel, with very fine detail and in great condition for its age. A prominent element within the Raphael's Sistine Madonna painting, the winged angels beneath Mary are famous in their own right. As early as 1913 Gustav Kobbé declared that "no cherub or group of cherubs is so famous as the two that lean on the altar top indicated at the very bottom of the picture." According to a 1912 article in Fra Magazine, when Raphael was painting the Madonna the children of his model would come in to watch. Struck by their posture as they did, the story goes, he added them to the painting exactly as he saw them. Verso of the medal is blank. See images for detail and craftsmanship. Height of medal is .5 inches, width is .4 inches. Chain is coated with rhodium to prevent any tarnishing.
Trésors blue are tiny pieces of art and devotion. Also known as "Médailles De Pelerinage" or "Medals of Pilgrimage," these little medals have had voyages from another generation, another life, another country. Blue is the sacred color of Mary, representing truth, hope, and faith since 200 AD. People of faith still undertake pilgrimages as a way of deepening their religious devotion, seeking miracles, spiritual healing, forgiveness, or for the journey itself. The experience is not solely about reaching the end, it is about what is endured, enjoyed, and learned along the way.
All trésors bleu are pre-packaged for gifting, and shipping is free within the U.S. Note that vitreous enamel, despite this medals age, is a form of glass, and can be shattered upon dropping or impact with a hard object. Please remove before showering or exposing to chemicals to prolong its life.