Do not touch, you may loose your hand!

:: in August 11, 2017 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

On August 15th Roman Catholic Church celebrates feast of Assumption of Virgin Mary, as Jesus’ mother was supposed to be taken to Heaven at the end of her earthly life: her body and soul together. It should be noted though that the dogma about Assumption was officially announced by the…

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St. Luke is drawing the Virgin

:: in May 27, 2017 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

In 2016 the Bowes Museum (Barnard Castle, County Durham, UK) acquired an early-Netherlandish painting of St. Luke drawing the Virgin and Child. It is attributed to the workshop of Dirk Bouts, one of the most important Netherlandish painters of the 15th century. It was probably not completed by the Master…

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Our Lady of the Baton

:: in September 27, 2016 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

The exhibition “Maria Mater Misericordiae” (in the National Museum in Cracow) is almost finished. It collected various depictions of the Virgin Mary, portraying her in many different roles: as a tender mother, as a beautiful woman, as Co-Redemptrix suffering with her crucified son… and also we may find there some…

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Holy Milk!

:: in July 3, 2016 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Some time ago I have written about the depictions of Nursing Madonna (see the post HERE), and now I would like to elaborate on this subject. As it happens, Madonna nursed not only her Child, as we sometimes may find out in the paintings that she nurses somebody else. And…

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Touching Middle Ages

:: in January 30, 2015 :: in Blog :: 0 comments

Middle Ages is often considered a pious epoch, although it was in fact often quite “carnal”. Today I would like to focus on particular depictions that theoretically should not be ambiguous: I am thinking here about the images of Virgin with Child. Surprisingly it is possible to find some examples…

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