Mary Immaculate, um 1780
About the object
The idea of the Immaculate Conception had already found visual expression in the Middle Ages as a motif in terms of the Madonna standing on a crescent moon. The portrayal of 'immaculate Mary' (Maria Immaculata) became popular in the Baroque period: standing on a globe, she tramples upon the serpent - a metaphor for temptation - that snakes around it. The figure, for which this model may have been a bozzetto, was either never made or has not survived.