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Le Madonnelle Romane, Rome

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  • This sacred shrine, depicting "the Madonna and Child" (XVIII-XIX century), is located in Rione 13 (Trastevere), at the corner of Via dei Genovesi, with a street of light at a height of about 4-5 meters (between the first and the second floor). It is a terracotta bas-relief depicting the Madonna who, with a loving gaze, holds in her arms a smiling baby Jesus chubby and partially nude (because she rises with her hands her clothes). Both have Hales, where there are some traces of color, suggesting that probably the composition was once polychrome. At the bottom left is a scroll rolled with a bow, while in the upper right and left there are two smiling and blessed Putti. To protect the newsstand is a full-bodied roof with two-sloping (hut-shaped) tiles held by a wooden structure. Completes the newsstand the inevitable lamppost in wrought iron of excellent workmanship (not working). Note: In Rome, the sacred newsstands, which depict "La Madonna", are called "Le Madonnelle", and are generally placed at the corners or facades of the palaces, then outside the places of worship and are symbols and testimonies that for their position share with The population the daily living, and are in several cases of real works of art, in fact some over the centuries, were then placed inside the churches. In ancient times, when there was no public lighting, thanks to the always lit lights also served as a guideline for the hiker. Many times they were inserted in the place where a particular fact occurred, then declared as a miraculous event, and then for each there would be a long story to tell full of prodigious facts and legends. They are therefore from many centuries traditional places of devotion in fact are cured and often are placed flowers and ex-vow.
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  • There are many "madonnelle", on the walls of Rome, apart from the artistic aspect/religious, initially their presence had an important social aspect. The Roman roads were unlit and lit votive lights under the icons made safer passage of travelers. Are placed at the top, often next to pubs and inns. The beautiful, in a sonnet dedicated to good manners, is about a father who advises his son to carry in your Pocket knife and Crown to the Rosary!
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