Statue of Carrara marble showing St. Mary with Child, reachting to a castaway.
oeuvre et don du Sculpteur GODEBSKI
érigé par les soins
de Mgr François-Virgile DUBILLARD
et par la piété de ses chers diocésains
en l'honneur de la Patronne des Marins
a l'occasion du Jubilé
de l'Immaculée Conception
et en témoignage de vive reconnaissance
envers la charité catholique
pour ses généreux secours
pendant la crise sardinière (1903)
a été bénite et inaugurée solennellement
par Son éminence le Cardinal LABOURé
en presence de plusieurs évèques
et d'un immense concours
de prÍtres et de fidèles
le 3 Juillet 1904
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:
- A crown of 12 stars (Relevation 12:1), sometimes 7 stars.
- A royal crown, sometimes also a scepter: Mary Queen of Heaven.
- Standing on a globe.
- Standing on the crescent moon (Relevation 12:1).
- Crushing the serpent (sometimes a dragon) under her feet. The serpent can have an apple in his mouth (Genesis 3:15). A special depiction is where Jesus impales the serpent with a spear-cross.
- Flowers: Lily (symbol of virginity and purity), roses (Mary's mystical participation in the Holy Trinity as Heaven's Rose or Mystical Rose), iris or "Sword Lily" (emblem of Our Lady's Seven Sorrows), fleur-de-lis (resembling both the Iris and the Madonna Lily)
- a crown and/or a royal orb (usually in combination with Mary as Queen of Heaven)
- making a blessing gesture
- Cyprian Godebski (Méry-sur-Cher 1835 - Paris 1909),
Sources & Information
Location (N 48°2'20" - W 4°43'59")
Item Code: frbr077; Photograph: 29 May 2012
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