Ecce mater tua
A Roman engraving of Mary. The Latin text reads “Behold, thy mother” (John 19:27).
Madonna del Parto
An engraving of devotees before the statue of Our Lady of Childbirth in the church of Sant’Agostino, Rome. The Madonna is called upon during pregnancy and as the protectress of babies.
Santuario Madonna del Divino Amore
A vintage postcard of the shrine of the Madonna of Divine Love near Rome.
The high altar and icon of Our Lady of Good Health in the basilica of SS. Cosmas and Damian near the Roman Forum, Rome.
According to legend devotion for the icon dates from the time of pope Gregory the Great, whose pontificate lasted from 590 until 604. One day as he passed the church Mary spoke to the pope and said ‘Gregory, why don’t you greet me?’ After this Gregory had the image of Our Lady of Good Health placed on the high altar.
A photograph from 1895 of Michelangelo’s Pietà in St Peter’s basilica, Vatican City.
Madonna del Miracolo
A vintage postcard of the Madonna of the Miracle in the church of Sant’Andrea delle Fratte in Rome.
The image is based on the Marian apparition experienced by the Jewish convert Alfonso Ratisbonne in 1842.
Madonna del Parto
The 16th century statue of Our Lady of Childbirth in the church of Sant’Agostino in Rome.
Due to its classical style, it was sometimes believed the statue depicts the young emperor Nero and his mother Agrippina the Younger rather than Jesus and Mary.
Santa Maria Liberatrice
The miraculous image of Our Lady Liberatrix in the parish church of Testaccio, Rome.
The interior of the Italo-Greek church of Santa Maria di Grottaferrata in Rome.
Madonna del Bell’Amore
The miraculous image of Our Lady of Beautiful Love in the church of the Minime sisters in Rome.
The church of St. Mary the Great at Rome, with the additional buildings on each side. The antique column brought hither from the Temple of Peace by Pope Paul V.