Madonna di Schiavonea
The miraculous image of Our Lady of Schiavonea, Italy.
According to legend, Mary appeared above the sea to a local fisherman in August 1648. She told him to have an image painted of her apparition, so the people could come to venerate it and call on her aid. The fisherman did not immediately follow Mary’s request. It took two more apparitions before he finally found an artist to execute the painting, which shows Mary on a throne with her arms outstretched.
The story further goes that, once the painting was finished, the church bells began to ring by themselves, calling people to view the miraculous effigy of Mary as she appeared above the sea.