Polish Madonna Prints and Notecards

Note: This is an obsolete article maintained for archival purposes.  As of November 2009, the images below are not available for purchase at The Marian Library.  

Eleven different prints are now available of Wislawa Kwiatkowska's "Polish Madonnas in Art and Poetry" exhibit. There are nine 11" x 14" prints and two 8.5" x 11" prints.  All pictures are printed on 80# paper.

The 11" x 14" pictures available are:


Madonna of the Sowers


Madonna Covered with Cherry Blossoms


Mother of God of Lichen


Mournful Mother of Czestochowa


Madonna of the Mushrooms


Our Lady of the Birches


Golden-Green Mother of God


Madonna of the Mountains


Madonna Riding on a Deer

The two 8.5" x 11" prints available are:


So Human


Christmas Carol

The 11" x 14" prints are $5 each.  The 8.5" x 11" prints are $3 each or 2 for $5.00.  There is an additional charge of $5 for each quantity of 11 prints or less to cover postage and handling.  Here is an example of the postage and handling rates:

1-11 prints: $5 per ORDER (not per print)

12-22 prints: $10

23-33 prints: $15

Specify which prints and quantity you want and make a check or money order out to "The Marian Library." Mail it to:

The Marian Library
Attention: Prints
University of Dayton
Dayton, OH 45469-1390

We also have a "Polish Madonna" Windows PC screensaver that shows all twelve of the pictures that were in the St. Anthony Messenger article.  It sells for $5.00, which includes postage and handling.

If you have any questions, please call 937-229-4214.

Print Descriptions

Christmas Carol: Compassionate animals draw close to Baby Jesus in the manger and warm him with their breath.

Golden-Green Mother of God: Mary and Baby Jesus sit in a dill garden. Mary looks tenderly after her children with the same attentiveness that she looks upon the cherished golden-green dill of her garden.

Madonna Covered with Cherry Blossoms: Delicate cherry blossoms frame the faces of Mary and Baby Jesus while butterflies--symbols of the Resurrection--circle around them.

Madonna of the Mountains: This snowy scene shows Mary in solidarity with all creation; she knows what it is like to be cold and hungry, yet she is determined to overcome all the wintry trials of life. In her basket she carries two little bears that are eager to see Baby Jesus.

Madonna of the Mushrooms:  These mushrooms of autumn are attractive but deadly; Mary draws out the poison and warns against the allure and perniciousness of sin.

Madonna Riding on a Deer: Based upon a Polish legend, this picture shows Mary and Baby Jesus being whisked away from danger by a swift and noble deer.

Madonna of the Sowers: From the lilac heather, through the morning fog, the wind pulls threads from Mary's shawl and wraps them around the trees and branches, protecting the autumn seeds.

Mother of God of Lichen: Mary fingers her rosary and gazes prayerfully at the insignia of the Polish eagle on her chest, as the animals are drawn to her loving maternal presence.

Mournful Mother of Czestochowa: In this portrait of the famous icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, Baby Jesus tries to comfort his mother as she mourns for the fate of the Polish people. Around Mary's shoulders is a blue and gold ribbon from which hangs the Virtuti Militari--the highest Polish military honor that is given in recognition of bravery. (The two slashes on the face of the original icon were inflicted by Hussite soldiers in the fifteenth century.)

Our Lady of the Birches: The white of the birches symbolizes the purity of Mary, while the storks gathered around  her represent prosperity and the hope for children.

So Human: In a conversation with the saints in heaven, St. Ann reminisces about her little Mary, who loved to gather flowers and frolic with the animals.

Polish Madonna Notecards Are Back!

Due to popular demand, The Marian Library at the University of Dayton is once again offering the Polish Madonna notecards for a very limited time. There are seven cards and envelopes in each pack, and each card features a different Madonna by Polish artist Wislawa Kwiatkowska. The cards measure 4 1/2" x 6 1/4" and the packs are shrink-wrapped. The back of each card gives the picture title and its description and the web site of the online version of the Polish Madonna exhibit so the people you give the cards to can go online and see all the beautiful Polish Madonnas for themselves. The pictures included in the notecards are featured below.








The cards are $5.00 per pack, and the shipping and handling charges per order are as follows:

1 pack            =   $2 First Class Mail
2 packs     =   $3 First Class Mail
3 packs        =   $5 Priority Mail
4-6 packs     =   $6 Priority Mail
7-9 packs     =   $8 Priority Mail
10-12 packs    =   $9 Priority Mail

To order the cards, specify in a letter the number of packs you want and enclose a check or money order made out to "The Marian Library." Mail it to:

The Marian Library
Attention: Notecards
University of Dayton
Dayton, OH 45469-1390

We will NOT be accepting telephone orders, but if you have any questions, call The Marian Library at 937-229-4214.