This painting was exhibited at "La Galeria Cuban Fine Art" in Miami. This painting is an original rare one of a kind oil on canvas, by Cuban artist Daniel Flores. The artist was inspired by La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre statue, that was brought over seas from Cuba and is now located on display at the church La Ermita de la Caridad located in Miami, next to the Viscaya Palace.
The painting is of the image of the Virgen of Cuba called "Our Lady of Charity" also called "La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre" or "Virgen de la Caridad". The detailed work on this painting is amazing, with a three dimensional image of the Virgen, showing her floating over the sea, a must see in person to fully appreciate its beauty, all hand painted in details to perfection, where the emeralds, rubies, pearls and diamonds look real. Owning this painting and hanging it on your wall, is a dream come true for any serious art collector, painting comes with a beautiful gold guilt wood frame. See the pictures on ebay of the artist next to the painting, to compare the size of the painting, to the artist.
The history of "La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre" began around the year 1612. The image is thought to have been brought by Spaniard colonists from the town of illecas, a province in Toledo, Spain where a similar posture of the Virgin Mary of Charity is already well-venerated. Local legend recalls the Spanish captains who bring with them religious Marian images to guide and protect them from English pirates at sea. Two Native American or Indian brothers, Rodrigo and Juan de Hoyos, and an African slave child, Juan Moreno, set out to the Bay of Nipe for salt. They are traditionally given the moniker the "three Juans". They needed the salt for the preservation the meat at the Barajagua slaughter house, which supplied the workers and inhabitants of Santiago del Prado, now known as El Cobre. While out in the bay, a storm arose, rocking their tiny boat violently with ongoing waves. Juan, the slave, was wearing a medal with the image of the Virgin Mary. The three men began to pray for her protection. Suddenly, the skies cleared, and the storm was gone. In the distance, they saw a strange object floating in the water. They rowed towards it as the waves brought it towards them. At first they mistook it for a bird, but quickly saw that it was what seemed to be a statue of a girl. At last they were able to determine that it was a statue of the Virgin Mary holding the child Jesus on her left arm and holding a gold cross in her right hand. The statue was fastened to a board with an inscription saying "Yo Soy la Virgen de la Caridad" or "I am the Virgin of Charity." Much to their surprise, the statue remained completely dry while afloat in the water. The present image is enshrined in National Shrine Basilica of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre built in 1926 is situated in village El Cobre, near Santiago de Cuba. Pope Plus XI granted a Canonical Coronation towards the image on 20 December 1936.