severe mountain winter, the Madonna,
buffeted by strong winds, walks barefoot
through the snow. The bears and
birds seek shelter
near the Madonna.
Jerzy Harasymowicz, Slowackie wspomnienieThe viewer immediately notices the Madonna's bare feet in the snow. Her bare feet are in strong contrast to the crown of precious jewels on her head. Even though Mary is Queen, she is in solidarity with all creation. Like the animals, she walks barefoot. Like the Goraly, the mountain people, she experiences the hardships of life in the Polish mountains during the frigid winter weather. Her expression is one of determination. Like the mountaineers, she will overcome all the trials caused by nature.
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