Today is the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God. I offer two painting for consideration. The first is Italian baroque from the 17th century. The artist is called Sassoferratu. It is in the National Gallery in London. I regularly used to pass the gallery on my way home from work and used to go in and look at paintings sometimes for just 15 minutes – this is possible when you don’t have to pay to get in. Long before I ever converted to Catholicism I was drawn to this particular painting which I found strikingly beautiful. The serene expression of the Virgin was a source of great delight to me.
The second is an icon painted by myself (based upon a Greek prototype) highlighted the personal relationship between Mother and Son.
Have a wonderful Feast day!