Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Our Lady of Siluva V

The Painting is the Finest Copy of Hodegetria
It has been discovered that the painting of Mary and the Christ Child brought by Peter Gedgaudas from Italy to the church in Siluva in 1457 is the finest copy of Hodegetria, one of St. Luke’s pictures, which was in Constantinople until 1453.
The same painting can be found in Rome in the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore.
In 1770, Fr. J. Skirmantas had a Goldsmith make a dress of gold for Our Lady in the painting.
Ona Smigelskaite of Vilnius, during the process of restoration of Our Lady's painting in 1959, discovered the signs of the picture having been folded – it had been folded four times and had been stored for a long time. This further confirms the picture's storage in the ironclad box.

Other Our Lady of Siluva images


Jenny said...

There is a holy pilgrimage to sites where the Holy Mother has been seen.


Josh said...

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Fr. Tim said...

Neat blog...