While marble busts of veiled women were quite popular in the 19th century, Strazza’s Veiled Virgin was deemed “a perfect gem of art.”
Strazza was born in 1818, and carved the sculpture from Carrara marble in Rome around the year 1850. It was sent to Canada in 1856, where the then bishop of Newfoundland, John Thomas Mullock, received it, saying “it is a perfect gem of art.”
The sculpture was kept in the Episcopal Palace of St. John’s Cathedral in Newfoundland and Labrador, until it was moved next door to the convent of the Presentation Sisters in 1862.
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