Monday, January 18, 2010
A Madonna for Haiti
If I ever finish the two paintings I am working on, I think I will try to paint a copy of this Sicilian icon in honor of the victims of the Haitian earthquake.
The image is 17th century, oil on copper, inventoried in the Vatican Museums collection. It is a variation on the Carmine La Bruna Madonna, although this version is extraordinary in that the features of Our Lady and the Divine Child appear to be African. The contrast seems to be deliberate considering the figures in purgatory are decidedly Caucasian.
I am especially pleased to have found an authentic Black Madonna of such beauty. Of course one is reminded of the verse from the Song of Songs, attributed to Our Lady: "I am black but beautiful, O daughters of Jerusalem... " - Songs 1:5
Continued prayers for the victims of the Haitian earthquake.