The Feast of Mary, Mother of God

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!

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David is an Englishman living in New Hampshire, USA. He is an artist, teacher, published writer and broadcaster who holds a permanent post as Artist-in-Residence and Lecturer in Liberal Arts at the Thomas More College of Liberal Arts. The Way of Beauty program, which is offered at TMC, focuses on the link between Catholic culture, with a special emphasis on art, and the liturgy. David was received into the Church in London in 1993. Visit the Way of Beauty blog at

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