A Prayer to the Madonna
By M. Bompard

A Prayer to the Madonna
By M. Bompard
In the Luxembourg, Paris

In the portrayal of simple religious emotions, the Continental painters achieve a distinction which is partly due to their religious environment, and partly to their temperament. In the southern countries of Europe, where the Roman Catholic religion has such a strong hold and is so much in evidence everywhere, such scenes as this are common enough. They are part of the national life, and as such are bound to appeal to the imaginative instincts of contemporary painters. Millet has expressed the humble fervour of the French peasants, typifying in them the religious attitude of dwellers in colder climates, so has Lucien Simon with the Breton peasants, and also other French artists with their paintings of everyday religious emotion. The Germans too, have treated the same theme in characteristic fashion, especially in the case of Fritz von Uhde, whose remarkable painting of "Christ in the Peasant's Cottage" in the Luxembourg, showing the Saviour in modern surroundings, is noteworthy. But the dwellers in the sunnier climes are more demonstrative, and this picture, described by the artist as "A scene of popular life in Venice," shows their warmer feelings in a striking manner by depicting a young Venetian girl praying for guidance before a wayside shrine.

From the book "Famous Paintings" printed in 1913.

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