Madonna of the Streets
This endearing image reflects both the vulnerability and kindness of a young mother. Perhaps that is why it’s among the most popular religious items, sought after by first-time mothers.
“Sales of this item are very high. People love it because it’s simply gorgeous. Her face is beautiful.”
“This particular image became part of a tradition in Italy. Mothers place a copy of it, in their child’s crib. Blue for boys and pink for girls.”
While the image itself is popular, the history behind it, is not. At its very core, it represents motherhood. The artist, Roberto Ferruzzi, first introduced it at the Venice Biennale art exhibit in 1897, where it became an instant hit. The source of inspiration was a photograph of a humble young woman, who was carrying her brother in her arms.