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Saint Luke

Black Madonna or Black Virgin is a statue or painting of Mary in which she, and oftentimes the infant Jesus are depicted with dark skin.

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Luke the Evangelist - Writer of the Acts of the Apostles as well as the Gospel. Paul and other early writers have said Luke was a physician. Patron saint of physicians and surgeons.

October 18, Feast Day of St Luke, Apostle and Evangelist. Christian tradition, starting from the 8th century, states that St Luke was the first icon painter. He is said to have painted pictures of the Virgin Mary and Child, in particular the Hodegetria image in Constantinople (now lost). Starting from the 11th century a number of painted images were venerated as his autograph works, including for example, the Black Madonna of Częstochowa ........

Today, October is the Feast Day of beloved St Luke – Apostle & Evangelist & Artist Luke as an artist Christian tradition, starting from the century, states that he was the first icon painter.