For my December Days daily blogs, I have been sharing different aspects of how Christmas is special to me. I have yet to talk about the main reason, which is that Christmas is about celebrating the birth of Christ. I realize and respect that not everyone believes the same and that is their right. But I do and so today I am sharing about my favourite Madonna picture.
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One of my favourite artists is Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino also known as Raphael. I love his work called 'Sistine Madonna.'
Many moons ago (about 1990), I found this treasure abandoned in a storage shed connected to a beach cabin I was renting in Cannon Beach, Oregon. The glass was broken, mat all torn up and print scratched. The backing was some kind of thin unfinished wood that discoloured the board. I cleaned it up, removed the wood, and had new glass (which later also broke) and mat cut. At the time, I knew nothing of the artist, I just knew I loved the image.
A couple years later someone saw it and told me it might be worth money and tried to buy it. I can't remember how much was offered, maybe $200, but I wasn't interested in selling it.