This picture is not a picture of grace. It is a german icon of the 18th Century. The painter of the picture is not known.
Apart from the colored stone jewelry, which has a special reverence and gratitude expressed,
it shows more meaningful than many pictures of grace the relationship Mary's both against her son Jesus,
and her place for the believers.
Meaningful is the portrayal of Jesus, the dispenser of grace, the people have experienced and are still being experienced in many situations.
This picture emerged from a good knowledge of Theodokos- and Hodegetria (Mother of God) icons, shows the following important features:
Mary sees the viewer, the faithful,
Jesus sees the viewer, the faithful,
Jesus is donating the blessing with one hand and holds a cross in the other hand.
Jesus is in the foreground, Mary in the background.
The background of the picture, with icons always drawn in gold, is only in the holy shines of both people visible, but otherwise it is dark, black.
The picture want to tell us:
From the darkness of the time, from the darkness of the human inadequacy, inability of the human, to be a man according God the Creator's will, lights out on two particular people:
- The big portrait of Mary - its rather dainty hands part the child protective, part the child push to the viewers -
She is dressed in a blue coat: on the one hand the blue of the sky (Celestial Queen, Star of the see), the other hand, the blue of the
"Blue's", the work clothes of the working population. This blue shows their courage to serve to their willingness to work, to obey the will of God.
Her shirt is red. With red connects to the significance: love, suffering, blood. She is the person, the woman who has in the most evident way has responded to the love of God, but it is also the pain of the mother, her son had experienced on the cross:
Her heart was pierced with seven swords of pain.
- In the protection of the great figure of Mary, the shape of their child Jesus:
Symbolically dressed in the garb of golden royal dignity and a goldred shirt, also with the meaning of love and passion.
With his right hand blesses Jesus, in the other hand he holds the Cross meaningful purely coincidental before Mary's heart in the middle, the center of the image, as he wanted to say: in the cross is healing (1 Corinthians 1:18).
- Blessing and Cross are in a balance: he was ready on the cross for the salvation of the people, for the salvation of every individual, to ask the peoples who calls for blessing, also the Cross to take on.
The Cross is the central character of faith and it is most likely to compare the mother love: a loving mother is ready, very, very much suffering and effort to take on to her child to protect, to nurture and to get big. Therefore, the place of the Cross in front of the Heart of Mary.
The portrait of Jesus is full of movement: the blessing, the lifting of the Cross, the feet, based on the viewer seem to go there.
Mary in the background, on the other hand: radiating peace, in keeping with easily serve a slope head, a sign of
listening: listening to the orders of God, and listening to the pleas of those who implore her.