Vintage Antique MADONNA / Virgin Mary holding the CHRIST CHILD Jesus
Art Print on composite Board. We believe this may be a Collotype except gold background is a different method, lithography or even hand painted.
- Mark: Unsigned.
- Measurements (WxHxD): 18 x 26 x 0.25 inches
- Condition: See photos and use zoom to fully evaluate condition. Edge wear on all edges. Spot of color loss on lower right corner. A little separation of print from board on upper left quadrant edges.
About the Icon
Our Lady of Perpetual Help (also known as Our Lady of Perpetual Succour) is a Roman Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary as represented in a celebrated 15th-century Byzantine icon also associated with the same Marian apparition. Not to be confused with the Orthodox Theotokos icon.
The icon seems to have originated around the thirteenth century and depicts Blessed Mother Mary, under the title “Mother of God,” holding the Child Jesus. The Archangels Michael and Gabriel, hovering in the upper corners, hold the instruments of the Passion – St. Michael (in the left corner) holds the spear, the wine-soaked sponge, and the crown of thorns, and St. Gabriel (in the right corner) holds the cross and the nails. The intent of the artist was to portray the Child Jesus contemplating the vision of His future Passion. The anguish He feels is shown by the loss of one of His sandals. Nevertheless, the icon also conveys the triumph of Christ over sin and death, symbolized by the golden background (a sign of the glory of the resurrection) and the manner in which the angels hold the instruments, i.e. like trophies gathered up from Calvary on Easter morning.
In a very beautiful way, the Child Jesus grasps the hand of the Blessed Mother. He seeks comfort from His mother, as He sees the instruments of His passion. In iconography, Mary here is represented as the Hodighitria, the one who leads the way to the Redeemer. She also is Our Lady of Perpetual Help, who intercedes for worshippers. The star painted on Mary’s veil, centered on her forehead, highlights her role in the plan of salvation as both the Mother of God and the Mother of all.