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Our Lady Co-Redemptrix

The mother of Jesus Christ
(Wikipedia)
Jacob Jozef Van der Neer & Mariette Coppens
18th cent./1992

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Description

Statue of St. Mary, crowned and with sceptre, with the crowned Infant Jesus with an orb. Mary stands on a starry globe with the serpent, with originally impaled by Jesus with a cross-staff (now gone).

Annotation

The statue was in 1959 replaced by a wooden copy made by Leopold Van Esbroeck; which in turn was replaced in 1992 by a polyester copy made by Mariette Coppens (Van Esbroeck's wife). The original statue was added to the collection of the Museum Vleeshuis and is now lost.

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:

Sculptors

Sources & Information

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Location N 51°13'17" E 4°24'1"

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