Be praised in a crown of twelve stars; Immaculata -- you are eternal.
You step safely over the dragons; Immaculata -- you are perpetual.

Stanislaw Wyspianski, Niepokalana

Wyspianski's poem and its interpretation by the artist recall the woman of Revelation 12:1. The regal Madonna, wearing a crown on her head, is dressed in a pure white dress and sheer blue mantle whose v-shaped folds point to her victory over the dragons at her feet. As the traditional Immaculate Conception, she stands on the crescent moon. In the background, angels holding long swords keep the dragons in check. Lilies, symbol of purity, frame the sides of the painting.

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