Ludovico Carracci
The Virgin Appearing to St. Hyacinth

Oil on canvas
The Louvre, Paris

St. Hyacinth wears the black and white habit of a Dominican as he looks up to the Virgin Mary. The text in the lower left corner presents what the legend reports she said to him: gaude fili hiacinti quia orationes tuae gratae sunt filio meo et quidquid ab eo petieris impetrabis, "Hyacinth, my son, rejoice, for your prayers have been granted by my son. You will obtain whatever you ask from him through me."

The painting is an example of the late-16th century retreat from picturing the Christ Child entirely naked.

Read more about St. Hyacinth and about the Madonna and Child.

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