Monday, March 28, 2016

Praying the Regina Coeli with Art

During the Easter Season, the Angelus is traditionally replaced with the "Regina Coeli," sharing Mary's joy in the Resurrection of Jesus. There are few artistic representations of the Virgin Mary on Easter Day. Far more common are images of the Coronation of Mary: the full participation of the Mother in her Son's victory over sin and death. "Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God," that we, too, "might be made worthy of the promises of Christ!"

In this image from the Getty collection, the Coronation of the Virgin is superimposed on scenes from the book of Esther, the Jewish queen who saved her people from genocide.

By the Master of the L├╝beck Bible (Flemish, about 1485-about 1520).
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