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This still-life is a thought-provoking image, executed with extreme realism. The artist has said of the painting, 'The title 'bianco e vermiglio' is taken from a 13th century Italian lyric in which the Virgin confronts her suffering son. 'My son, white and red,' she laments. Pallid flesh and darkening blood. Purity and sacrifice. Such a reference may remind one of the skull and garments often shown at the foot of the Cross.'