The Queenship of
Mary is the dominant theme in this painting. The young Madonna wears a
tall, jeweled crown, multiple strands of pearls, a heavy brocade dress,
and a full cape. The heaviness of her attire and the expression on her
face indicate that she is aware of the heavy responsibility she has been
called to bear. Streams of sunlight, symbolizing the gift of God's
grace, add a feeling of hope; Mary will not carry her burden alone. She
walks through a field of irises, symbol of the Annunciation, and lilies,
sign of purity.
angel of the Annunciation has barely left, but what a transformation:
from the girl
of Nazareth to the majestic queen with a crown of twelve stars!
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