This listing is for a RARE religious item. It is a print of the Black Madonna. It is dated 1910. It was brought to the USA by a family from Poland. The wood frame with gesso measures 23" x 19 1/2". The frame is approx. 1 1/2" deep. I marked some sections to pay attention to: 1. depicts how the artist painted the background to make it look like a piece of wood. 2. Shows were the artist drew the two sword cuts on her face. 3. This is a slight rip approx. 1" long.
The banner at the bottom of the print says - It is dated May 20, 1910. It also has a few lines in Polish. Loosely translated it says - Oh Queen Mary of Czech please save us. We celebrate you on 100 days for ??? Pope Pius X. on the day of ??? April 21, 1910.
The original Black Madonna painting is in the Ja sna Gora monastery This Monastery was founded in 1382 by monks from Hungary. The monastery has been a pilgrimage destination for hundreds of years, and it contains this important icon of the Virgin Mary. The icon, depicting the Mother of God with the Christ Child, is known as the Black Madonna of Częstochowa or Our Lady of Częstochowa, and is credited with many miracles. Among these, it is the miraculously saving the Jasna Góra monastery during the Siege of Jasna Góra that took place in the 17th-century Swedish invasion. The event started the Polish resistance. They could not immediately change the course of the war, but, after an alliance with the Crimean Khanate, they won. Shortly thereafter, on April 1, 1656, Jan Kazimierz, the King of Poland, solemnly pronounced his vow to consecrate the country as the protection of the Mother of God and proclaimed Her the Patron and Queen of the lands in his kingdom.
Poland's Black Madonna is Poland's holiest relic. The Black Madonna of Czestochowa (pronounced Cheez-toh-ho'-va) with darkened skin and two scars on her face has a long and mysterious history.
They say the Black Madonna is painted on a panel from a wooden table used by the Holy Family saved by Luke the Apostle. Experts say the painting may date from the 6th-14th century. Scholars do know that this painting originated in Ukraine and was brought to southern Poland by monks in the 14th century.
The legend about the two scars on the Black Madonna's right cheek is that the Hussites stormed the monastery in 1430. They tried to steal the painting. When they were stopped one of the soldiers drew his sword and struck her face twice. When he tried to for a third strike, he fell down dead.
Frame and print are in wonderful antique condition. Frame is sturdy and ready to hang. Glass is original. Any white in the photos is from camera flash. Examine photos very carefully to add to my description. Ask questions before purchase. Email shipping questions. EMAIL ANY INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING QUESTIONS. We have Layaway. Items listed weekly. ENJOY!!
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Rare Black Madonna Print Frame Wood Gesso 23"x19.5" MUST SEE c.1910