black madonna poland

What is black Madonna in Poland?

One of the most popular paintings in Poland is, among others, the black Madonna. This popular painting in Poland is a Byzantine icon painted with tempera on a linden board. Our Lady is dressed in a dark blue dress and a coat with a red lining. With his left hand he supports the Baby facing her, dressed in a carmine dress. The child has his right hand raised in a gesture of blessing, and the gospel is holding in his left.

Popular Black Madonna in Poland

Maria’s coat is decorated with lilies, and the baby’s dress is decorated with golden rosettes. The characteristic feature of the image are 2 larger cuts on Maria’s right cheek and a few other, less visible. There is also a certain disproportion between the head of Maria and the tiny head of the Child. Maria’s face beats mercy, mild sadness, and fascinates not only the faithful, her penetrating eyes with flashes of lights.

In the years 2009-2012 the latest conservation and research work on the image was carried out under the guidance of the most outstanding scientists and specialists. The image was also placed in a special glass cassette with air conditioning, in which it has ideal atmospheric conditions, the right humidity and temperature.

Annually, the monastery on Jasna Góra and the Black Madonna is visited by about 4 million people, which is almost as much as in the famous Lourdes in France. The sanctuary in Częstochowa is therefore the largest religious and pilgrimage site in Central Europe. The motif of Our Lady of Częstochowa is also found in many works of Polish literature. Definitely at least once in your life you should see Black Madonna Poland.