Mary in Art

Our Lady of the Bowed Head
Artist unknown, Painting is located in the Monastery Church of Vienna, Dobling

Our Lady of the Bowed Head, (Mother of Grace), was crowned by Pope Pius XI in 1931, Her feast day is February 7. In 1610 while looking for a place to establish a Carmelite Monastery, Friar Dominic of Jesus and Mary discovered a beautiful painting of the Blessed Mother in a pile of rubbish. He brought the image back to his cell, cleaned it and restored it. Later while praying fervently to Our Lady and apologizing for the dust that was on her image, she smiled at him with sweetness and bowed her head. Our Lady assured Dominic that his requests to her would be granted. Those who venerated her image with devotion would have their prayers answered, especially for relief of souls in purgatory. Dominic placed his life entirely into the hands of Jesus and Mary.

The Annunciation, Carl Bloch (1834-1890)
The Museum of National History on Frederiksborg Castle

The Virgin with Angels, William-Adolphe Bouguereau (1825-1905)

Madonna of the Grapes, Pierre Mignard (1612-1695)

The Madonna in Sorrow, Sassoferrato (1609-1685)