Madonna of the Foundlings, c. 1446, Domenico di Michelino, Ospedale degli Innocenti di Firenze, Florence; the Virgin Mary is portrayed as the Madonna of All Mercy/Misericord sheltering the abandoned children under her blue, star-adorned mantle, her symbolic attribute.
Madonnna delle Grazie
The miraculous image of Our Lady of Grace in the cathedral of Lugano, Italy.
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.