Marianne Stokes: Madonna (c.1909)

Marianne Stokes, Madonna, c.1909, oil on canvas, Wolverhampton Art Gallery

“Many painters have drawn the Virgin Mary and Jesus and it was a particularly popular theme with Italian artists from the Renaissance period. However, most portraits depict the virgin looking at her child. In this picture, she looks up and introduces her young child to the viewer. Across the background are patterned thorny tendrils and wild parsley. These are symbols of the pain and sorrows of motherhood and a warning of the crown of thorns that the Jesus wore as a man. This work was painted at Ragusa in Italy and the model was a young Italian girl from the town.”

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18 Comments Add yours

  1. Ashley says:

    Such a wonderful painting! and the link to her others works which I have never seen! I follow you because I see so much more ART, especially female artists! As a man, in his later years, I cannot believe how much I’ve missed, even though I’ve been a supporter of women’s rights for so long.
    Thank you! 🌹🙋‍♂️

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    1. I think the same thing every day, Ashley. How did I live all these years and never see ____. So many extraordinary artists, so little time! Many thanks for your visits and kind comment. 🙂

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  2. It is a lovely depiction. 🙂 Happy Sunday to you.

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  3. I love how the mother and child look alike–like a mother and child. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Echoes of purity. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Madeline. 🙂


  4. Dee says:

    Beautiful painting!
    I wonder why the artist chose the orangey-red color for the cloak that Mary wears in the painting?

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    1. A bold choice, indeed! I don’t know if there is an underlying symbolism with orange, but it sure catches my eye immediately. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Dee. 🙂


  5. chris ludke says:

    The baby is waving at you!

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  6. Thanks for sharing this. Anita

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    1. My pleasure! Thanks for visiting, Anita. 🙂


  7. Timelesslady says:

    I had never seen this Madonna. Beautiful. Thanks for posting.

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    1. My pleasure, Timelesslady! Thanks for visiting and sharing your thoughts. 🙂

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  8. What an exquisite piece of art!

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    1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Kelly. I am please you enjoy this! 🙂


  9. sienablue says:

    First I saw the beauty, then my heart broke over the thorns, and I saw in Her face, perhaps foreknowledge of what the world would do to Him. Perhaps this scene was after She was told about the sword that would pierce Her heart.

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    1. What a poignant description! I feel the same way when I look at this painting. Thanks so much for sharing your insights, sienablue. ❤️


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