Seat of Wisdom
title called “Seat of Wisdom” refers to the throne of
Solomon. Mary is personified wisdom sitting on Solomon’s
throne made of ivory and gold (1 Kg 10:18-20). In fact, sitting
on the throne of Solomon she comes to be the throne upon which her
Son, “the Wisdom of the Father," is seated.
The cameo of mother and child is surrounded by symbols of science and
knowledge (globe, telescope, square). The lower half of the
shows a group of seven feminine figures standing around the throne,
which bears the simple inscription Verbum, the Word. The
throne of Solomon is no longer that of human but of divine wisdom, the
Word of God made man. The caption around the medallion of Mother
and Child states this with the following words: “In the mother’s
womb is seated the wisdom of the Father."
lemma points out that “wisdom has built her house; she has set up
her seven columns” (Proverbs 9:1). What are those columns
personified by the seven feminine figures? It seems difficult to
formulate a stringent answer. The artist may have intended to
represent knowledge and wisdom. Thus the seven figures would be those
of the liberal arts, of Trivium and Quadrivium.
Another explanation seems to favor the seven virtues
(theological and cardinal virtues) or the seven gifts of the Holy
Spirit (Isaiah 11:1-2).