Random Advent Thought

M mentioned something to me the other day and it’s quite stuck in my head now…

Why don’t we ever see pictures/icons/statues of the pregnant Mary? Seems like an ideal Advent image… Even the “pre-Christmas” pictures just tend to have her as a lump on a donkey and don’t really show her as what she was—a pregnant mother.

9 Replies to “Random Advent Thought”

  1. They are around if you know where to look… I don’t see to many images of Mary in my church at all. There is one silver icon in a conference room and someone, perhaps in anticipation of people trying to remove it, permanently stuck it to the wall. It won’t budge a fraction of a mm, but that may be just as well. I’ll see if I can find a few links for you later…

  2. Well, yeah, Anastasia–most of the “on the way to Bethlehem” pictures I can think of have Joseph walking and Mary on a donkey but not recognizable pregnant. Hardly an image of the mater dei in the midst of mater-ing…

  3. I seem to recall reading something about pregnant Mary statues in middle ages…have no reference for this though.

  4. Years ago a friend of mine wanted to buy a statue of Mary pregnant and I still remember vividly the scandalized reaction from the women at the Catholic book store we went to . They were horrified at the suggestion – I didn’t understand why then and still don’t now.

    The closest thing I’ve ever seen is a “Platytera” icon, but even that isn’t really close.

    It’s a rather strange lacuna, isn’t it.

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