A Madonna with Child by the Italian Flemish painter Ambrosius Benson, who was part of the Northern Renaissance movement.
The Madonna on the Crescent Moon by Lucas Cranach the Elder.
Santa Maria della Consolazione
The renaissance pilgrimage church of Our Lady of Consolation in Todi, Italy.
This 16th century painting by Giorgio Vasari is entitled Allegory of the Immaculate Conception.
Above sits Mary as the Immaculate Virgin. With her right foot she crushes a demon’s head, who holds captive many people, thus making goodness conquer evil.
Today is the feast of the Presentation of Mary in the Temple.
The feast is based on a story from the apocryphal Infancy Gospel of James, which tells us that Mary’s parents brought their young daughter to the temple in Jerusalem to consecrate her to God. She remained there until puberty.
The painting by Tinteretto shows Mary climbing the steps of the temple, while the high priest awaits her.
Mary as the Mater Dolorosa, by Paolo de San Leocadio.
Ave Virgo Sanctissima by the Spanish renaissance composer Francisco Guerrero. The words are based on an anonymous medieval poem.
Hail, Holy Virgin
most blessed Mother of God
bright star of the sea
Hail ever glorious
lovely as the lily
beautiful and perfumed as the rose
The Apotheosis of the Virgin Mary with Prophets and Sybille, painted by Ambrosius Benson (1530-1532).
A vintage postcard of the altar with Michelangelo’s Pietà in St Peter’s basilica, Rome.
Ave Regina Coelorum by Guillaume Dufay
The early Renaissance composer Guillaume Dufay was born in 1397 and died on November 27, 1474.
He had requested that his motet Ave Regina Coelorum be sung for him as he was dying, with pleas to Mary interpolated between verses of the antiphon. However, time was insufficient for this to be arranged.