Thursday, December 23, 2021

Picturing Mary: Day 23


The Virgin with St Peter and St Paul

Dirk Bouts c 1400-1475

There are thousands of portrayals of the Madonna and Child, but I have included this one because it also shows Seal’s Patron Saints, Peter and Paul. Paul, (right) whose sword stands behind him, offers Christ a carnation, a symbol of his crucifixion – they were supposed to have sprung from Mary’s tears. St Peter, whose keys are on the floor, peeping out from the bottom of his robe, holds a book, probably a prayer book, from which Mary is reading.


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