Lady Chapel, Wroughton, Nr. Swindon Wiltshire.

Wroughton Catholic Church has a three light “Baptism of Christ” window they commissioned me to do in 2004, but in 2014 they contacted me again requesting a Walsingham Madonna.

However they already had a ceramic sculpture of the traditional Catholic Walsingham image over the altar in the Lady Chapel, so they wanted a more symbolic ‘Lily’, but with a small Walsingham Madonna included above. They   gave me a diagram of their imagined layout so it became a matter of interpretation for me.

After researching various depictions of the subject I decided to do the Madonna taking an Icon style approach, but setting her in a Saxon style throne and set the large Lily below against a contrasting background of vibrant reds, all painted quite heavily to set them back against the green foliage.

 

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