he Veiled Virgin is the name of a piece of art sculpture created by Giovanni Strazza, an Italian sculptor. This sculpture is a bust of the Blessed Virgin Mary wearing a veil. The Veiled Virgin is individually notable for its fine craftsmanship, as Strazza manages to modify the hard figure into something that reflects the mellowness of a real veil.

Strazza is possibly the best known for his Veiled Virgin. This sculpture was created out of the famous Carrara marble and is thought to have been performed in the early years of the 1850s, whilst Strazza was working in Rome. The statue was then transported to Canada and was received by John Thomas Mullock, the Roman Catholic bishop of St. John’s, Newfoundland, in 1856. Strazza’s Veiled Virgin became known also like the St. John’s Veiled Virgin and was held in the Episcopal Palace adjacent to the Roman Catholic Cathedral in St. John’s. An entry in the bishop’s story dated the 4th of December 1856.

Strazza’s Veiled Virgin is not the only or certainly the first sculpture to have this ‘veiled effect’. Other well-known veiled sculptures include the Veiled Christ, by Giuseppe Sammartino (1753), and the bust of a veiled lady by Pietro Rossi (1882).

This ‘veiled effect’ is achieved by a technique called ‘wet drapery’. In some cases, this technique was used to surmount the taboo of representing nude women in sculptures. By using the ‘wet drapery’ technique, a sculptor could portray a nude woman without discrediting her ‘modesty’. One example of the application of this technique is Chauncey Bradley’s Undine Rising from the Waters (1880).

There are very few people throughout history that were given extraordinary abilities i.e. Michelangelo, Bernini, da Vinci, Einstein, Galileo, Strazza. and some more.

In our current society, we have lost these masters by feeding “nontalented” people and developing excuses like “there is no bad art, art is a form of self-expression” where we use cheap parlor tricks of illusions, shortcuts, and low or NO talent in order to be politically correct and not offend or hurt someone’s feelings.

Thanks for the appreciation of Strazza’s talent and work. It is taste and the appreciation of people that keep the masters and true talent alive today.

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