The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a liturgical feast celebrated on November 21 by both the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.
In the apocryphal Infancy Narrative of James, Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anne, had been childless but received a heavenly message- they would have a child.
In thanksgiving for the gift of their daughter, they brought her, when still a child, to the Temple in Jerusalem to consecrate her to God.
Tradition held that she was to remain there to be educated in preparation for her role as Mother of God. most of the paintings capture a sense of Mary’s purity, of course, but also a combination of youth, vulnerability and her core strength at the all at the same time.