Friday, 6 April 2018

Art on Friday; Madonna

A Madonna is a representation of Mary, either alone or with her child Jesus. These images are central icons for both the Catholic and Orthodoxchurches. The word is from Italian ma donna, meaning 'my lady'.
Although I was born and raised a Catholic I'm no longer a believer in a god or godlike figure but I still have my little Mary figurines everywhere in my home (standing peacefully next to Buddha I might add) Somehow she gives me comfort still not as the mother of Jesus but more as a mother Nature kind of figure I guess. I think it also has to do with the way I was raised, burning a candle at Mary's feet whenever there was something going on, an exam, or when someone was ill or as a remembrance. I still do that. 
So for today Madonna or Mary in paintings throughout the centuries; 

Stefan Lochner-Madonna in the rose-garden 1448

Sandro Botticelli-The Virgin and Child or The Madonna of the Book 1480

Filippo Lippi-Madonna and Child 15th century

Gerard David-The rest on the flight to Egypt c. 1510

Raphael-The Madonna of the meadow 1506

William Adolphe Bouguereau - The Madonna of the Lilies 1899

© KH

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