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.