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JOURNAL 2010

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A vision quest

Finding a guiding light

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SUMMER 2010

Showing the way

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She who shows the way

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SHE WHO SHOWS THE WAY

 

Hodegetria. Berlinghiero Berlinghieri. 1230. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

The Hodegetria [Greek, Οδηγήτρια, she who shows the way] is an artistic motif which features the Virgin Mary pointing to the infant Christ whom she holds in her arms. This traditional composition conveys the idea of Christ as the vehicle of salvation. Church tradition identifies Saint Luke as the artist of the first version of the Hodegetria. That icon was a full-length, double-sided version which featured an image of the crucifixion on the reverse. There are many copies of that work but it is likely that the original is now lost.

 

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