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Bibil Identifier bibil:213720
Publication Type Article of book
Title (English, Long) 'Black but Beautiful'
Title (English, ) The Black Madonnas of Western Europe and the Biblical Commentaries os St Bernard of Clairvaux
Author Boss, Sarah Jane
Edited book From the Margins 2
Year (Reference) 2009
Language English
Pages 40-52 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The origin and meaning of European black Madonnas has been a subject of controversy for the past century. A relatively large group of these images is comprised of Romanesque statues of the Virgin in Majesty, or Seat of Wisdom, and scholars have sometimes contended that these were not originally coloured black. The present paper argues, by reference to St Bernard’s commentaries on the Song of Songs, that it is indeed possible that the statues were painted black when they were carved in the twelfth century, and that the blackness has a specific spiritual meaning which makes them, in effect, a visual commentary on the Song of Songs 1.4-5 (Vulgate).
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Mary
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Iconography
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : History of Interpretation and Reception : Important Persons : Middle Ages (8th -14th cent.) : Bernard of Clairvaux
Pericopes Song of Solomon 1,4-1,5
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