13″x16″ egg tempera with pewter repousse
In iconographal language, Mary Icons, her voice and message have been held in the highest esteem. I would guess this is because of her silence and absolute obedience. We acclaim Mary as the mother of Jesus to be perfect service, surrender and obedience. The delicate line painted through her neck is there to remind us of her deep silence and constant meditation, the queen of contemplation. Mary is portrayed as the quiet servant and mystical silent mother for us all. But this title for Mary and the attribute has been a hindrance to the development of women.