Local artist’s reproduction of Sassoferrato’s Madonna in Prayer.A local artist’s reproduction of a 17th-century painting of Mary is being auctioned in aid of the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore (CTIS).

The gold-framed canvas acrylic painting, measuring approximately 4 feet by 3 feet (1.2 m by 0.9 m), is a reproduction of Sassoferrato’s Madonna in Prayer, which dates around 1640. The original painting is currently displayed at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia.

The local artist who made the reproduction is a convert to Catholicism and has a special devotion to Our Lady. The artist prefers to remain anonymous.

CTIS says the painting will be auctioned off to the highest bidder, starting with an opening bid of $25,000.

Bidding will close on Sept 20 at 6 pm.

Those interested may contact Teresa Hoe to offer their bid at [email protected], tel: 6434-8003.

CTIS also welcomes donations to assist in its mission of forming the laity in the faith.

Cheques can be made payable to CTIS Development Fund and sent to CTIS, 55, Waterloo Street, #05-04 Catholic Centre, Singapore 187954.