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An Edicola in S. Martino in Campo


[image ALT: A sort of shed, made of plastered concrete or stone, with a tiled roof; its main feature is an arched recess, painted and now somewhat damaged. In front of the painting on the shelf formed by the niche, is a bouquet of flowers. It is a madonnina, or wayside shrine depicting the Virgin Mary, in S. Martino in Campo, Umbria (central Italy).]

I've seen and photographed this little devotional edifice, some 50 meters maybe from the parish church of S. Martino, but can tell you no more about it than what we see:


[image ALT: A view, looking upwards, of an arched niche: on the flat surface, a painting of a robed woman and a child, each crowned with a large crown. On the inner lateral surfaces, a pair of damaged paintings representing mitred bishops. In the little vault above the niche, a stylized dove. It is a view of a madonnina, or wayside shrine depicting the Virgin Mary, in S. Martino in Campo, Umbria (central Italy).]
While the main subject of the shrine is the Virgin Mother and Child, above them looms the Paraclete, and to their right and left two bishops, too generically drawn, as well as damaged, to identify: St. Nicholas and St. Augustine would be good candidates, as might others.

[image ALT: A painting of a robed woman, crowned with a large crown. It is a close‑up view of a madonnina, or wayside shrine depicting the Virgin Mary, in S. Martino in Campo, Umbria (central Italy).]
The large crowns that Jesus and Mary wear are somewhat unusual: heraldically, they are the crowns not of royalty, but of marquesses. An unintentional slip by a painter — early 19c is my guess — who wasn't very good in other ways either; but then don't ask me to draw even half as well.


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