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The Original "Our Lady of Częstochowa -- Black Madonna"
One of the great icons of Christendom, the Black Madonna of Częstochowa has been associated with many miracles and has survived centuries. Originally a Byzantine icon from the early Middle Ages, it was brought to Poland in the 14th Century. There it has been revered as the Queen and Protector of Poland. (For those unfamiliar with the Catholic faith, this is a title of Mary in Heaven for a role she plays, not the painting itself.) The scars on her cheek are purportedly the desecrations of a Hussite soldier’s sword. The legend is she is black because of smoke.
There are many, many variations of Our Lady of Czestochowa, but this is the original. In Byzantium, this type of icon was known as "Hodegetria,”or "One Who Shows the Way." The Way is her Son.
– 8.5 x 11" acid-free paper
– Archival pigments, rated to last for generations.
– Cardboard backer
– Above story of the art
– Enclosed in a tight-fitting, crystal clear bag.
** IMPORTANT ** There is about an inch-and-a-third of white space around the picture, so the image is smaller than the paper.
If you would like us to frame it for you, please select a frame above, under "Choose One".
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