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Thursday, February 24, 2011

The Knitting Madonna

I love this image of Mary and Jesus, from a blog called The Careless Catholic. I think it reflects the Domestic Church beautifully! Jesus is a loving son and student, studying the Word. Mary is a caring and productive mother. She is knitting a garment for her son. I especially like how they are surrounded by God's bounty.

It also foreshadows Our Lord's crucifixion. See the angel holding the cross, and Jesus looking at him? Did you notice that the garment Mary is knitting is red? Perhaps this shows that in their daily lives they were ready to do God's will. The more I look, the more I see...such as what appears to a be a throne (or altar) behind Mary. Your thoughts?

Many thanks to fellow Catholic blogger, Kelly, for finding it and sharing it with us! The Careless Catholic: The Knitting Madonna...: "Detail from 'Visit of the Angel', from the right wing of the Buxtehude Altar.1400 - 1410Meister Bertram von Minden (1340 - 1414) I lov..."

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  1. This is so neat! I will share it will my friend who loves to sew.

  2. Wow! I love this discussion! Takes me right back to my art appreciation class! You know what I see? Our Lady is framed/housed by the structure or building in back of her. It looks very much to me like a tabernacle such as we have in our churches to house Our Lord Jesus in the Eucharist. Mary is also known as a Tabernacle because she carried our Lord within her.

    Thanks so much for this post! I love art history and symbolism.

  3. @Kelly. Yes! A tabernacle.

    I am also curious about what appears to be a banner. And why is there darkness under the trees? Are those fruit trees, from the Garden of Eden, from which Adam and Eve ate? Are they in the background and dark because they reflect the original sin, from which we are saved by the new light, of Jesus Christ, who is in the foreground?


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