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O.L. Vrouw Onbevlekt Ontvangen

Saint Mary Immaculate Conception

The mother of Jesus Christ
(Wikipedia)
Attributed to
Walter Pompe
date?

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Description

Statue of the crowned Virgin Mary, kneeling with a foot on the serpent on a globe, with a blank scroll. Above her two angels and the Eye of Providence.

Annotation

This statue represents the struggle between God (the halo of clouds on top with in the centre a triangle with the all-seeing eye) and evil (the serpent below). Mary is the chosen one to assist in God's plan of freeing the world from the power of evil. The whole attitude of Mary expresses how she is ready for what God desires. Kneeling, beaten down eyes, the right hand open and the left on her chest, she humbly accepts her election. Her heavenly reward is symbolized by the two angels that float on her shoulder height. Originally one offered her the scepter (or a lily?) and the other the crown.

The statue is very probably the work of Walter Pompe and was made for the former St. Jacobs-chapel. After demolition of the chapel, it is in 1891 replaced the house on the oppiste corner of the former chapel. In 2010 it is restored.

Depictions of Saint Mary

Saint Mary, as the mother of Jesus Christ, has a central role in the life of the Roman Catholic Church. The Roman Catholic veneration of her as the Blessed Virgin Mary has grown over time both in importance and manifestation, not only in prayer but in art, poetry and music. She is usually depicted as a beautiful young woman, with a (blue) mantle. In the majority of the depictions she is having the Infant Jesus in her arms or on her lap.
Attributes of Saint Mary: The Infant Jesus sometimes has some attributes too:

Sculptor

Sources & Information

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Location N 51°13'16" E 4°24'37"

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