I really do not like some religious art. You know the type, pale, weak looking saints with their eyes rolled back in their heads as they gaze into heaven, pained expressions on their faces. In some of these works, Mary is contemplative or solemn but there is depth to her. Some picture her as delicate, trying to capture a sense of her gentle spirituality. Other artists centre on her earthly motherhood but all draw us in and lead us to prayer.
“Behold the Light” is Nancy Lee Moran’s first interpretation of Mary and baby Jesus.
Viktor Vasnetsov, Mary and Child, St Volodymyr’s Cathedral in Kiev.
Jan van Scorel (Workshop of), (1495-1562), Dutch Madonna and Child, 16th century
Melanie Jean Juneau serves as the Editor in Chief of Catholic Stand. She is a mother of nine children who has edited her kid's university term papers for over a decade. She blogs at joy of nine9 and mother of nine9. Her writing is humorous and heart warming; thoughtful and thought-provoking. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life. Melanie is the administrator of ACWB, a columnist at CatholicLane, CatholicStand, Catholic365 , CAPC, author of Echoes of the Divine and Oopsy Daisy, and coauthor of Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood.
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