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Notre Dame du Puy, Cathedrale Notre Dame du Puy, Le Puy-en-Velay (Haute-Loire)

By: Dennis Aubrey  |  View Full Portfolio (34 images)

Tags: black madonna noire, romane, vierge
Equipment: Canon EOS 20D

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JeffS L , November 09, 2007; 07:54 A.M.

My last comment of the morning. There's something so tender and real in both sets of eyes, as if they are grieving. The rest of the photo, so glorious, seems in contrast to those melancholy faces.

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Dennis Aubrey , November 09, 2007; 08:11 A.M.

Jeff, your comments are always welcome ...

... and you are right about this image. I think the reason that these Madonnas are so venerated is that people read their own suffering and pain into the image of the woman who lost her only son, who gave him up in order to redeem his people. Jesus himself had been turned into the Christ in Majesty, two awesome and too intimidating to approach directly, whereas Mary, his mother, could act as an intermediary. The fact of her suffering pain like we suffer pain made her more approachable, and these images reflect that, to some degree. Later, the Mater Dolorosa and the Madonna and Child carried that humanity further, but these early statues do so in a much more subtle manner.

Marta Eva LLamera , November 09, 2007; 05:54 P.M.

Impressive eyes!! Well done Dennis. Best Wishes.

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