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This exceptionally rare and exquisite panel was composed by the renowned Florentine painter Domenico Puligo.  Circa 1515.

Motherly Love: Renaissance Devotional Painting by Puligo

Posted: December 31, 2018 07:39 Last Updated: | Bill Rau

The Virgin Mary has served as a centralizing figure in Christian art since the religion’s beginnings, but it took many centuries for her devotional images to humanize this pivotal historical figure as nurturer and mother of God.    The first artistic venerations of Mary date to the second century during the Apostolic Age of early Christianity. However, it was not until 431 and the convening of the Council of Ephesus that she was officially titled the "Mother of God," an act that permanently established her importance within the Church.   From that moment on, the vast majority of de...


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