Joseph Stella (American, b. Italy, 1877–1946)
A vision of fertility, Purissima is Joseph Stella’s futurist madonna. All things in this garden are at the height of life—ripe fruits, flowers in peak bloom, and birds in breeding plumage, plus Vesuvius erupting in the background. A haloed figure at the center glows as if she’s crafted of stained glass. The elegance of this image is matched only by its perfect combinations of soft and vibrating colors. The delicate details add to the puzzle’s fun.