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Once in the city of Foligno, lightning struck near the house of a rich man, but no one was hurt, nothing was charred, and even a fire did not happen. In memory of this amazing event, a man - his name was de Copney - ordered Rafael an icon of the Mother of God, which would help him never forget how close he once was to die and how far away at that moment was from God, repentance and absence sins.
And Raphael got down to work. During his life he painted many icons, and most often these were icons of the Virgin. His most famous work - “The Sistine Madonna” - and “Madonna di Foligno” are called the breakdown of the pen, the forerunner of the famous icon.
In the center of everything, of course, is the Madonna - with a baby in her arms, she soars in the air, surrounded by cherubs and clouds against a golden circle, symbolizing her holiness. Her face is blissful. The pose is relaxed. Below are people who listen to her appearance.
On their faces reverence, mistrust, religious ecstasy, de Kopney kneels, hands folded in prayer folded in front of his chest. Behind, at the very horizon - a small town. This is Foligno, with its vineyards, low houses, naughty dogs, calm and honest people. A fiery trail stretches across the sky above it - that meteorite, that lightning, that celestial phenomenon, in honor of which the icon was ordered. It stretches across the sky, crossing it with a golden arc.
Performed by "Madonna di Foligno" in the general style adopted during the Renaissance. A kind of soft realism, completely different from the canons of Orthodox iconography. Here people are just people, and in the Mother of God and in Christ himself there is something human, albeit combined with the divine. It makes one recall that he is not only God, but God, who descended to the earth in a human body in order to atone for other people's sins by suffering.
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