Saturday, March 26, 2011

Catholic Art Saturday/ Madonna of the Chair

Madonna of the Chair by Raphael Sanzio 1518

The young child behind Mary and Jesus is St. John the Baptist.
A priest on EWTN said that St. John received a special grace at the time when he leapt in his mother's womb at the meeting of Jesus in Mary's womb, that removed his original sin that he was conceived with, thus making him the greatest man ever born. Of course Jesus was greater but he was both God and man. Jesus said in the bible, "Truly I say to you, among those born of women, there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptist." Matthew 11:11
Maria Montessori said this about the work, “The children, of course, cannot comprehend the symbolic significance of the "Madonna of the Chair", but they will see something more beautiful than that which they feel in more ordinary pictures, in which they see mother, father, and children. And the constant companionship with this picture will awaken in their heart a religious impression.”

1 comment:

  1. I don't often think about what it might have been like for Jesus and John growing up together. I wonder if they did at all? We never hear what happened to him after his birth.
    Can you imagine what those 'playdates' would have been like? It must have been tough for Mary and Elizabeth to raise the son of God and the 'greatest man ever born'. ;) Then again, that's a lot of pressure to make sure they didn't get hurt or lost.

    p.s. I really like Jesus' chubby thighs in the picture.