This print of the unrestored fresco of Our Lady of the Column, Mother of the Church comes in a wood frame with a dark finish. In it, Jesus sits on Mary's lap, both smiling. Her weathered look serves as a reminder of her persevering help to Christians throughout the centuries.
This fresco of the Madonna and Child, twice crowned, first as "Our Lady of the Column" in 1645, then as "Mater Ecclesiae" (Mother of the Church) in 1964, had humble beginnings. She was unnamed and painted by an unknown artist between the 15th and 16th centuries upon one of the original marble columns at St. Peter's Basilica, laid down by Constantine in the 4th century. By this point, the basilica was over 1000 years old and falling apart. So the column was taken down, keeping only the section with the fresco. It was installed above the left side altar, which was redesigned in 1607 by Giacomo Della Porta, where it remains today. Beneath her lays a sarcophagus with the remains of Popes Leo the II, III, and IV along with images of Our Lord and His twelve apostles. Symbolically, this represents her motherhood over the universal church, head and body, unto the ends of the earth.
Bring a framed print of the original image into your home to aid in prayer or give it as a gift to a loved one in need.
Mater Ecclesiae, ora pro nobis!
Our image comes as a fine art print under premium clear glass in an antique dark ornate solid wood frame. Handcrafted in Steubenville, Ohio, this moving piece of devotional art serves as a reminder that there is always time to pray and is sure to be treasured for generations to come.
~Sizes listed are of the image only~
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