Madonna del Latte
Our Lady of the Milk in Debbio, northern Italy. The fresco of Mary suckling Jesus was painted in the 15th century and has been an object of devotion ever since.
Until the 1960s it was common for women to visit the shrine of the Madonna of the Milk to ask for the grace of a child, protection during pregnancy, childbirth and lactation, which in past centuries often meant the survival of a newborn. It was also customary to bring babies to Debbio and present them to Mary, accompanied by a prayer and an offering of candles and flowers.
Assunzione di Maria Vergine
A print of a painting of Mary’s Assumption into Heaven in Prato, Italy.
A painting of the Assumption of Mary in the church of the Certosa di San Martino in Naples, Italy.
The Madonna of the Assumption during a procession in Novara, Siclly.
Assumpta est Maria in Coeli
A Neapolitan print of Mary’s Assumption into Heaven.
The Assumption of the Virgin, Italian school, 16th century.
The Assumption day procession in Molfetta, Italy. The statue of Mary was carved by an artist from Naples in the early 19th century.
Madonna della Basella
The statue of the Madonna delle Basella in the sanctuary of the same name in Urgnano, Italy.
According to tradition Mary appeared at Basella on 8 April 1356, to a young girl of fifteen called Marina. She had come to comfort the girl, who had just discovered all her seedlings had died due to frost.
A week later Mary appeared a second time, and led the girl to a place and told her to start digging. After digging for a while she discovered the foundations of an ancient church. When the people of Basella heard of the discovered they helped to rebuild the church, a task they completed within five months. The church soon became a place of pilgrimage.