St. John’s Premier Masterpiece

The Veiled Virgin

The Veiled Virgin was carved in white flawless Carrera marble, in the mid-1800s by the renowned Italian sculptor Giovanni Strazza (1818-1875) in Rome. No one knows exactly when Strazza completed this masterpiece and strangely enough, the statue is not listed among Strazza’s works. Also no paperwork has survived the purchase of the statue by Bishop John Thomas Mullock of St. John’s who presented the bust as a gift in 1862 to the mother superior at Presentation Convent, Mother Mary Magdellan de Pazzi, one of the four sisters who came to Newfoundland from Ireland in 1833.

The content of this post is generated from archival documents in the holdings of archives throughout the province of Newfoundland.

October 19, 2018