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12.       GAVARRONE, DOMENICO  1856      

Miracle on board of the "Rosina" for the sailor Giacomo Revello

Watercolor on paper, cm 40x55         (inv. Costa n. 26) 

Signed: Domenico Gavarrone Genova 29 8bre 1856

Known data:

   TYPE:                                               brig
   DATE OF COSTRUCTION:         1850
  SHIPOWNER:                                 Prospero Schiaffino
  CAPTAIN:                                        Paolo Ferro


      "Granted grace by Our Lady of Boschetto to the seaman Giacomo Revello of the Brig Rosina, Capt.n Paul Ferro; the 14th day of 7ber 1856 at the distance of approximately 15 miles of Antibes, falled into the sea in the moment in which he was setting the main lower topsail, where immediately the Crew on deck launching the sloop on sea, together with other objects and with that action succesfully miraculously saved him."


The painting by Gavarrone is dated 29th October 1856, exactly as the previous offering (inv. Costa n. 25) telling on an episode happened a year earlier to the ship "Rosina" self. 

We deduce two interesting indications: the delayed order to the painter of the first offering may be due to the long travel, and therefore much belated.

The present offering is the second in the chronological order of the nucleus of those of the Boschetto, that sees the happy conclusion for the crew of the brig "Rosina". In 1854 was the entire boat finding itself in difficulty in the waters of the Gulf of the Lion, involved in a tremendous tempest (file 10, inv. Costa n. 23), only some years later from the second offer that recalls the miraculous recovery of the sailor Giacomo Revello accidentally fallen in the sea waters in front of Antibes. 

As emphasized by Jean Pierre Filippini (in the book Ex-Voto offerings of the Sanctuary of Montenero, catalogue of the exibition, Philadelphia 1984, p. 45): to die in sea in a shipwreck or, like in our case, by an incident, was seen as particular dramatic not only for the loss of the life, but still more for the died, being condemned to remain without interment and, consequently, with the impossibility to find spiritual peace. 

In so far was the deeper aspect of the appeal to the Madonna and the divine forces in the moment of the need animated by sincere faith emerges, and not simply from desire to save the life, but also in order to guarantee one Christian dead and the interment in consecrated land.