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The Virgin Queen

 

Blessed Virgin Mary

Mother of Jesus

Virgin Mother

Mother of God

Madonna

Our Lady

Queen of Heaven

Maryam

 

Since France is a Roman Catholic country, it didn't surprise us to find her everywhere.

 

 

This Virgin Mary is in the Abbey on top of Mont Saint-Michel, France.

I particularly like that she's rustic and not a raving beauty.

 


The Virgin Queen

 

Blessed Virgin Mary

Mother of Jesus

Virgin Mother

Mother of God

Madonna

Our Lady

Queen of Heaven

Maryam

 

Since France is a Roman Catholic country, it didn't surprise us to find her everywhere.

 

 

This Virgin Mary is in the Abbey on top of Mont Saint-Michel, France.

I particularly like that she's rustic and not a raving beauty.

 


comments (48)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 Aug 2010, 00:37
Great shot, and I love your narrative here, Ginnie.

Somehow, "virgin" and "queen" seem to me to be competing epithets.
Ginnie Hart: Such "competing epithets" have mind-boggled even the best of minds for eons, Ray. Join the crowd. smile Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 16 Aug 2010, 05:36
This is a wonderful picture and I also do love the simplicity, and we all know beauty is on the inside.
Love the symmetry
Ginnie Hart: Beauty is definitely on the inside, MLMA. Nowadays it's unusual when it's on the inside and outside. Bedankt, mijn vrouw.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 16 Aug 2010, 05:45
Why am I surprised to find that France is a Roman Catholic country?

Great find again.
Ginnie Hart: It was very obvious to us, Maria, as we started visiting the churches. Spain is Roman Catholic, of course, and France is its neighbor, so it makes sense. Thanks.
Beautifully captured, Ginnie. This is an unusually simple version of the Madonna and Child, but no less a treasure for the lack of `gilding`. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: That's how I felt about it, Roz. It somehow felt more appealing to me. Thanks.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 Aug 2010, 06:42
Agreed Ginnie: she doesn't look stylized
Ginnie Hart: My kind of woman, Chris. smile
  • rem_la
  • France
  • 16 Aug 2010, 07:12
magnifique cette composition !
Ginnie Hart: Merci, dear Rem.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 Aug 2010, 07:29
Ave Maria
Gratia plena
Maria, gratia plena
Maria, gratia plena
Ave, ave dominus
Dominus tecum
Benedicta tu in mulieribus
Et benedictus
Et benedictus fructus ventris
Ventris tuae, Jesus.
Ave Maria

Ave Maria
Mater Dei
Ora pro nobis peccatoribus
Ora pro nobis
Ora, ora pro nobis peccatoribus
Nunc et in hora mortis
Et in hora mortis nostrae
Et in hora mortis nostrae
Et in hora mortis nostrae
Ave Maria

http://vodpod.com/watch/405096-sumi-jo-sings-ave-maria-by-caccini?u=frankb60&c=fourchances (not by Schubert)

I very like the Maria sculpture - looking so painful, so modest, so rustic -you are right -and I like your photo!
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Philine, for these beautiful, mournful words and video clip. They're both very fitting for this image. Hartstikke bedankt.
  • SAVO
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Aug 2010, 07:40
Very well captured Ginnie. Perfect composition as well
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, SAVO.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 16 Aug 2010, 07:41
Nice to find a version that isn't perfect
Ginnie Hart: That's how I felt, too, Tony. Thank you.
perfect in details and frame, interesting shot!!!
Ginnie Hart: I didn't expect it, Fabrizio. Grazie.
I love the shot, but I also sense sadness in it... could it be that Mary is tired of being on show?
Ginnie Hart: I wonder if she senses the sorrow to come, Odd? Thanks.
I agree wholeheartedly with your sentiments Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
into a religious mood are you?
Ginnie Hart: Is it a mood, Chantal? There was such little adornment in the Abbey at Mont Saint-Michel, but what was there was most unusual, like this. It was hard not to notice it. Bedankt.
  • tede
  • France
  • 16 Aug 2010, 08:45
A beautiful statue, I love the facial expressions, the atmosphere and the colors are brilliant. Nice day Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Merci, Tede. It was most unusual and caught my eye, as you see.
A nice symetric shot. Cheers for this shot
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Calusarus. Merci.
  • Elaine-
  • Germany
  • 16 Aug 2010, 09:37
yeah neither her nor the baby Jesus are lookin' too good there lol but we love 'em anyway smile great shot, my friend
Ginnie Hart: We certainly don't often see them looking like this, Elaine, do we! smile Thanks.
  • Scarlet
  • The Netherlands
  • 16 Aug 2010, 10:22
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, isn't Ginnie?
Ginnie Hart: So true, Scarlet. So true. smile
Well, was she, in fact, rustic? Or a raving beauty? Who can tell.... If only there would have been photographers around in those days the legend of the son of god took place.

I so like the name Maryam!!

By the way, I have different associations with a virgin queen. Elizabeth I, the illustrious Tudor queen. Brilliant woman!!!!! I adore her and have many books on her.
Ginnie Hart: I chose the title with THAT queen in mind, Marion, because I, too, love her story (and the movies with Cate Blanchett). Because this site is out of the UK, it made sense to make the association, if that makes sense. Shame on me, I know. smile
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 16 Aug 2010, 10:40
Her and Joan of ark good photo Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Now you're reading my mind for later in the week, Vintage. smile Thanks.
There are lovely textures going on here Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: I know, Pamela. Very rustic feel to the entire place. Thanks.
I know what you mean now Ginnie and I can totally relate to it. Certainly makes sense.

I dislike the movies with Blanchett a lot. She is no Elizabeth for me. I have them, because I collect everything related to the Tudors, but I still prefer Glenda Jackson, who played her in the mini-series 'Elizabeth R' http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066652/ way back in the beginning of the 70's, or even Helen Mirren in her rendition http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0465326/

There are a lot more actually, she was an inspiration to many movie makers, but the sole ones I really dislike is the Blanchett ones. I guess it is a matter of taste.

You should see my drawer with Tudor movies grin I am insane!!!!
Ginnie Hart: I'm one who happens to like Cate Blanchett, Marion, but I REALLY like Helen Mirren. Now you're talking. Astrid and I have been watching a lot of the movies that delve into UK history (including Scotland and Ireland). We find it all very fascinating. So MUCH history! smile
The kid is no oil painting eithergrin
Ginnie Hart: HA! Well, I almost included him in my statement, truth be known, Bill. grin
There may be many of them Ginnie...but you made this look rather special.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir. smile
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 16 Aug 2010, 13:14
Oh..but this is such a primitive simple rendition of the Virgin Mary. I think it may be one of the most honest I've ever seen.
Ginnie Hart: Primitive is the word I was looking for, Marcie. That's it: primitive. Honest is also a good word. You've made my day. Thank you. smile
Beauty comes within, its a lovely capture and good to see a rustic Mary, I too love anything about Elizabeth 1 Lol smile
Ginnie Hart: It makes an interesting connection, doesn't it, Linda...Mary and Elizabeth I. smile Thank you.
Not what you would expect from Roman Catholics are they. Must be pretty old I guess. Nice one Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Marcie used a good word, Janet: primitive. I think that's what it is that I like about this. Thanks.
I do prefer these rather more modest impressions of Madonna & Child. You've mounted an excellent presentation of this one, Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I have to agree with you, Beverly. Thank you kindly.
  • mariana
  • United States
  • 16 Aug 2010, 15:46
Great image . Awesome light, tones and texture !
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, Mariana.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 Aug 2010, 16:13
maris stella (from a very old hymn, 8th century)

Ave, maris stella,
Dei mater alma,
atque semper virgo,
felix c¬úli porta.
...
Hail, star of the sea,
Nurturing Mother of God,
And ever Virgin
Happy gate of Heaven.
...
see also: http://romaaeterna.jp/basil/sb133.html (Hail, Queen of the Heaven, the Ocean Star....)
Ginnie Hart: The things you find amaze me, Philine. But then, you are our resident Teacher. We learn from you. smile Bedankt.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, so we are told. And these were beheld, I imagine, by rural and rustic people who were not familiar with the gilded make-up and exotic robes of the more well off towns and cities. So to me it makes sense that this statue should be "rustic" - and look like "normal" people.
But that's just my reading of the situation.
Ginnie Hart: I totally agree, Sheila. Another commenter used the word 'primitive,' which I like maybe even better than rustic. Thank you.
  • Tracy
  • England
  • 16 Aug 2010, 16:47
Very well balanced shot Musketeer. Hope your well smile
Ginnie Hart: MUSKETEER! I've been thinking of you and I guess your ears were tickling you. grin Astrid received your birthday card on Saturday...for her upcoming birthday on the 24th. So sweet of you to reemember. I'm taking her to Amsterdam this Thursday and Friday for the Sail 2010. Can hardly wait! Thank you, mijn vriend.
Rather a sad looking pair - but, then, I suppose that's appropriate?
Ginnie Hart: Maybe more primitive than anything else, Tom? Totally appropriate, yes.
looks really old, and well captured
Ginnie Hart: Old and primitive, Derek. Thanks.
Not a raving beauty indeed, but a very attractive sculpture!
Ginnie Hart: I liked the word 'primitive' that Marcie used. Thanks, Wim.
  • Sunder
  • India
  • 16 Aug 2010, 19:03
Well composed...like the texture of the stone wall and Virgin Mary..
Well done, Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Sunder.
  • TM
  • Iran
  • 16 Aug 2010, 19:18
aww..yea..but why she looks that sad!?
Ginnie Hart: I wonder if she feels what is to come for your wee child? Thank, TM.
It's not the most artistic Madonna and Child I have seen Ginnie but it is a wonderful image, and I say that as one who goes to a Baptist church where we don't have statues etc.
Ginnie Hart: You and I have the same church background, Brian, so I know what you mean. I'm trying not to ignore the heritage of others, wanting to appreciate the beauty wherever it is. Someone else used the word 'primitive' for this sculpture, which I think is appropriate.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 16 Aug 2010, 20:58
Quite symmetrical. I wonder if it was a window in the wall behind her.
Ginnie Hart: Good question, Louis. Maybe. Thanks.
  • Oscar
  • Germany
  • 16 Aug 2010, 20:59
strange faces, but good textures, very good
Ginnie Hart: Strange, primitive faces, Oscar, yes. smile Gracias.
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 16 Aug 2010, 22:33
I like this it is held "simple" if you know what I mean. How interesting your journey must have been Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I like the word Marcie used: primitive. Thank you, Frida. It was a trip never to be forgotten.
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 16 Aug 2010, 22:35
A very interesting figure smile
Ginnie Hart: Very interesting, very promitive, Cherie. smile Thanks.
I like your framing here, it captures attention very well. I am also caught by your very consistent use of colors in your PP.
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, Brian. Thank you.
Beautiful image Ginnie, such simplicity in this lovely work of art. Like how you framed this shot and the excellent details and clarity.
Ginnie Hart: You're such a faithful sweetheart, John. smile Thanks. Happy retirement!
there is so much to like about this statue of the virgin mary. forone, it isn't even centered on the altar.
and the wall behind her looks like it has been repaired again (and again) and it *still* has a crack in it.
it's beautiful and it isn't beautiful. it's beautiful for its imperfections.
or perchance, it is i who look upon the statue with imperfect eyes.
Ginnie Hart: Marcie used the word 'primitive,' which I really like for this statue, Seraphine. Maybe primitive eyes see the best of them all because they DO see the imperfections and don't gloss over them. In that regard, we could probably all learn from this...and you! Thanks for your thoughtful comment, as always.
There are so many interpretations of the Virgin Mary that I can understand your attraction to this version very academic and very special!
A great find with these beautiful tones ever!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Mathilde, I agree. The primitive versions like this are much more appealing to me. Merci.
  • petra
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Aug 2010, 22:22
good symmetric compo
Ginnie Hart: Hartstikke bedankt, Petra.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 20 Aug 2010, 08:16
and this looks to be quite old.. nice capture.. smile
Ginnie Hart: Old and primitive, Rian, exactly. Thanks.
Interresting middle age statue certainly in wood ?
Ginnie Hart: Yes, I would think so, Zeb. I love it. Merci.

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