This image is in the Church of St. Francis,
Rome; In the center right the artist has depicted the Miracle of the
Snow with the Pontiff: the figure in front. Our Lady
is pointing to the Miracle.
The figures before the Madonna and Child are
the Apostle, St. Matthias [who replaced Juadas], for certain because he
battle-ax which is his symbol; and St. Charles Borromeo-----I
of the likeness of the profile to actual known images of the Saint. Our
manifest does not provide these figures' identity. St. Charles was a
central, towering figure of the Counter-Reformation period, and the
artist primarily executed his pieces as a Counter-Reformation work.
This painting is one of the most beautiful
Madonnas and we give thanks to God that He is so generous in providing
us with a copy. For this benefice from Him we are indebted to the
Sisters of the
St. Benedict Center in Still River, Massachusetts, who passed it along
to me many years ago.