I would look in the apocrypha for clues as to the
inspiration for this painting. What is its date? Could
it have been inspired by Christmas carols such as
"When Jesus was a little child," which insert a grain
of recollection of the crucifixion into the Christmas
scene? Also, is Jesus holding a crucifix or a cross?
--- Charles Giguere <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Would any learned list member be able to explain to
> me a painting I saw in
> St. Andrew's Cathedral in Victoria B.C. I was told
> that it was a Holy
> Family but it has some unusual features: in the
> centre is an imposing
> Virgin Mary, amply coiffed, seated on a large stone
> throne, and with a
> distaff in her hand. In front of her, to the left,
> is the Christ Child,
> about 4 years of age, carrying a crucifix; to the
> right is a man dressed
> in a short tunic, holding an axe; he seems to be on
> the point of
> genuflecting to her. Does this represent a legend
> that anyone has come across?
> Thanks in advance.
> Bernadette Filotas
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