En la sección de románico del Museo de Arte de Cataluña se expone esta talla de madera policromada de una Virgen sedente, datada en la segunda mitad del siglo XII, y procedente de la Iglesia de Santa María del castillo de Gosol.

En la sección de románico del Museo de Arte de Cataluña se expone esta talla de madera policromada de una Virgen sedente, datada en la segunda mitad del siglo XII, y procedente de la Iglesia de Santa María del castillo de Gosol.

Vierge Noire de ROCAMADOUR  -  FRANCE  - 12th century -  Tradition has it that this statue was brought  from the Holy Land to France by the  saint hermit Amadour who built an oratory in honour for the Black Virgin. A big sanctuary includid  then the little oratory.

Vierge Noire de ROCAMADOUR - FRANCE - century - Tradition has it that this statue was brought from the Holy Land to France by the saint hermit Amadour who built an oratory in honour for the Black Virgin. A big sanctuary includid then the little oratory.

Madonna From the “Kapelle Unserer Lieben Frauen” in St. Nikolaus te Wil -

From the “Kapelle Unserer Lieben Frauen” in Wil. This chapel belonged to St. Gallen Abbey, of which Fredrick Barbarossa had become the Governor (Vogt) (making it an Imperial Governorate (Reichsvogtei)) in This Madonna may be Empress Constance and her son.

A South Netherlandish wooden figure depicting Saint Ursula of Cologne and four virgin martyrs, c.1500; St Ursula is portrayed with maidens, some of her symbolic attributes. (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Saint Ursula of Cologne & Four Virgin Martyrs -- Circa 1500 -- South Netherlandish -- Oak, polychromy & gilding -- The Metropolitan Museum of Art

UNKNOWN MASTER, Italian Enthroned Madonna and Child c. 1210 Wood, painted with inset semiprecious stones, height 112 cm Museo di Palazzo Venezia, Rome

UNKNOWN MASTER Italian Enthroned Madonna and Child c. 1210 Wood, painted with inset semiprecious stones height 112 cm Museo di Palazzo Venezia, Rome

I remember being a part of a secret sect of women that venerated the Black Madonna in a hidden underground temple-room. This is a photo of The Black Madonna of Rocamadour, which resembles the hidden Black Madonna I served....

I remember being a part of a secret sect of women that venerated the Black Madonna in a hidden underground temple-room. This is a photo of The Black Madonna of Rocamadour, which resembles the hidden Black Madonna I served.

HC's Guide to Traveling Abroad for the First Time

HC's Guide to Traveling Abroad for the First Time

Rocamadour, France is built on a rock in the middle of the Causse de Gramat. This is a vast slate plateau and part of the Causse du Quercy. The city is the most visited pilgrimage site after Lourdes in France.

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