Ancient icon and venerated image. At the request of St. Philip, the painting was transported to the interior of the still unfinished Chiesa Nuova. The icon was placed in the Chapel of the Purification until the work on the main altar and the paintings by Rubens were completed. The emblem of the Congregation founded by San Filippo Neri.
Pieter Paul Rubens. 1606-08. Oil on slate. It covers and protects an ancient icon. On Sundays and Solemnities, the painting of Our lady by Rubens slides away by means of a hidden mechanism, revealing beneath the ancient icon.