Had this painting (scroll down) been completed in time, it would have been featured in my May Notes since May is the month dedicated to the Blessed Mother Mary. Pelican Piety (with a Eucharistic theme) took that slot instead and quite appropriately.
The Two Titles Selected for this Painting
Mater Fiducia The first popularized Fiducia Madonna is a rather smallish, cameo shaped painting as you see here. It has an impressive history so it has been copied in many ways since Carlo Maratta (1625-1713) first presented it to Sister Clara Isabel Fornari in Italy. For my 2020 version I retained the facial outlines to a certain extent; keeping a close resemblance to the Marian features, although updated and expanded.
All Fiducia paintings are the same in the way explained here: "Look closely at the image. The Child Jesus is looking directly at us and pointing to His Mother. "Trust her," he says. "Trust her with your past, your present, and your future. When presenting oneself before the painting the ejaculatory prayer should be the invocation "Mater mea, Fiducia mea! — My Mother, my Confidence!" because it was ever on Jesus' lips, even at the hour of his death.
Rosa Sine Spinis (Rose Without Thorns). In an allegory about the rose, St. Ambrose explains that the rose grew in Paradise without thorns. Only after the fall of man did the rose take on its thorns to remind man of the sins he had committed and his fall from grace; whereas its fragrance and beauty continued to remind him of the splendor of Paradise. The Virgin Mary, he further describes, is called a 'rose without thorns' because she was exempt from Original Sin.
Ave, Rosa Sine Spinis (Salute, Rose without thorns), is a hymn popularized in the 16th century about the Archangel Gabriel's greeting to Maria. Below is a translation of the text from "the Eton Choirbook, a collection of liturgical music of England dated around 1500. It escaped destruction during the turmoil of the Reformation and lay undisturbed in the library at Eton College until rediscovered in the 1950s."
Click on the 1st picture below to read that version. The 2nd picture is a later version of the hymn or prayer in Latin & English. 3rd is the Mother of Confidence prayer and a brief explanation.
The Ave Maria (The Hail Mary) is subtly inscribed around the border top and sides. The invocation, Mater Mea, Fiducia Mea (My Mother, My Confidence), is at the bottom. The original painting is 16x20 unframed. The substrate is a handmade gesso board of 3/4 inch thick. Completed with custom, acrylic paints & 23kt gold.
Art Reproductions 1. The full image including the border of Ave Maria Prayer and Mater Mia prayer or 2. a cropped art reproduction including Mary, Jesus and Rosa Sine Spinis title.
This is a unique gift idea & a wonderful way to recollect the magnificent prayers contained within. Flat cards with prayers on back inquire for current prices. Sold is packs of 50. Signed Giclee 5x7 prints @ $15 ea. for archival museum paper & shipping of $5.95 (up to 4 at this same rate), continental USA quote. Suitable for 8x10 frames with mat. For mounted Giclee including a signed 8x10 white mat, another size or substrate preferences please Contact the artist.
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