The Virgin Reading is one of the marvelous works of Carpaccio. This image portrays purity and freshness and also gives the same impact to those who see it. The artist, Carpaccio, was a Venetian painter of the Renaissance. This picture shows the Virgin Mary reading in solitude in a garden. Though, at first sight, it might give an impression of an ordinary girl reading a book, it turned out to be a most interesting portrait of the Blessed Virgin.

This image is such a collected and reflective portrayal of her. She is in an accessible temperament, prepared to recognize the content of God’s will. The artist gives a subtle sense of realism and her life through this picture.

Color is mostly focused on in The Venetian School of painting. The more shimmering the colors are, the better the painting looks. It’s astonishing that Mary is shown wearing a brilliant red gown having orange sleeves rather than the customary blue. She’s wearing a cap and a veil on her head. The image does not show a poor Palestinian woman of old times; instead, it depicts an Italian noblewoman of the Renaissance. Showing the reality of her character through this image, Carpaccio tells how deeply noble and majestic she is. The artist used suggestive colors. Her red gown implies authority and the Holy Spirit as red is known to be the color of fire. It also indicates misery and punishment as red is also the color of blood.

At the time of Vittore Carpaccio, there used to be an honorable practice of women of letters. Some had the power in the main circles of the social order and the Church. The great prestige rendered to Mary in the Church’s ritual has affected her from the start to raise the position of women, and this is imitated in the beautiful work of Carpaccio.

My Opinion

Carpaccio did great work in portraying this holy image. It encourages the portrayals of holy images which depicts a deep meaning and a message within. The religious history, when told through the images, is more powerful.