Mary, with her long hair and pure like a lily, was the most beautiful maid in Nazareth, but she realizes that her true beauty comes from being the mother of the Holy Child. (Jerzy Harasymowicz, Pieta ze Znamierowic)

The artist  creates a circle of purity and grace. Mary holds a lily, the symbol of purity, out of which arises Jesus, the Purest of the Pure.  Jesus showers his grace upon Mary, making her full of grace, the purest of humankind.  Swans, traditionally identified as royal birds, bear witness to the kingship of the crowned Christ Child.

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