The intimate theme of Madonna and Child with a Rosary contributes to his early successes. One of them, hung until 1810 in the sacristy of a Sevillan convent, is for sale on October 4 in Madrid by Alcala Subastas with a starting price of € 750K, lot 351. From the sharpness of its drawing this work can be dated before 1650. It is signed, and the doubts raised in the last century about its authenticity were cancelled after a recent restoration that revealed the original impasto.
The seated Mother holds the Child on her lap. The halo barely visible in the dark background over the head of the Child is the only mystical symbol and the rosary with its hanging cross is the only liturgical attribute. The young woman is attentive and the child smiles confidently.
This oil on canvas 168 x 112 cm is comparable to another example of similar dimensions owned by the Louvre and exhibited since 1949 at the Musée d'Art Hispanique in Castres. The position of the rosary in the hands of the Child is different.