News Year’s card 1996. Homage to the Madonna della Misericordia


The ‘Madonna della Misericordia’, or ‘Madonna of Mercy’, is a classic theme in Italian medieval and early-renaissance painting. I thought it was a beautiful image: Mary enfolding her meek followers in her mantle.

I interpreted this theme as Mary the bookshop owner protectively holding her cloak over her books, a threatened species.

<p>Simone Martini (ca. 1310, Pinotheca Sienna)</p>

Simone Martini (ca. 1310, Pinotheca Sienna)

<p>Piero della Francesca (ca. 1445, Pinacotheca Sansepolcro)</p>

Piero della Francesca (ca. 1445, Pinacotheca Sansepolcro)

<p>Ivan Adriaens paints the golden background.</p>

Ivan Adriaens paints the golden background.

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