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Fr Roten Blog #35: Austria/Victors Crown

A Victor's Crown Hermine Arbeitshuber


At first glance, this set of artificial stone gives the impression of a Pop and Mom crèche. Mary and Joseph radiate the well-fed happiness of people at ease with themselves and the world. Indeed, for some German cultures, physical plentiness is a sure promise of bliss. This holy couple seems happy to present their Child-Savior to the world. Mary’s posture, although mama rather than queen, is that of the enthroned Madonna. The figure of Joseph suggests both physical support and a proud husband. His generous stature complements and contrasts the sturdy laurel to Mary’s right. Its dense foliage covers mother and child like a victor’s crown.

Reprinted with permission: University of Dayton - Marian Library Collection. All rights reserved.

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