Our Lady Of Czestochowska Print
Our Lady Of Czestochowska Print
Our Lady Of Czestochowska Print

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European ➔ Our Lady Of Czestochowska Print

This image of Our Lady of Czestochowa, otherwise known as the Black Madonna, is a copy of the icon found at a monastery in Czestochowa, Poland. Also called the nation’s Queen, the painting’s exact creation is unknown. Legend states it was painted by Saint Luke on the same wooden table where the Virgin Mary ate her meals. Further tales share that the artwork was brought by Saint Helena from Jerusalem to Constantinople, eventually finding its way to Poland more than 600 years ago. Other stories tell of how the painting protected Polish monks from Swedish invasion in 1655, despite being outnumbered 16 to 1. Though shrouded in unsolved mysteries, Our Lady of Czestochowa is an important icon for many Catholics. The 4-foot-tall image continues to draw thousands of Christian pilgrims each year. Many follow the footsteps of a tradition from 1711, walking 140-miles from Warsaw to the church on a journey that takes nine days.
1950 – 1970
Paper, Wood
1" h 8.5" w 1/1/1900" d
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