oil on canvas (2008 )
Feast day : September 15
"And a sword will pierce through your own soul . . ." - Lu 2:35
following the traditional Sevillano Madonnas, Mary is depicted wearing an elaboarate crown and dress, heart pierced with a dagger, hands/arms claspped together or outstreched, face often serene (an epitome of beauty and grace --symbol of controlled pain)
Michelangelo's PIETA was once criticized for the the Virgin's youthful
He replied, " ...chaste women maintain their freshness longer than those who are not".