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Obraz matki bozej Z kisciola pod wezwaniem wniebowziecia najświetszej maryi panny W Lodzi
The painting of our lady from the church dedicated to the assumption of the holy virgin mary in Lódž
LESZNER Magdalena
Not everybody realizes that besides architectural monuments built in the previous century Łódź also owns a wonderful example of modern painting. Hidden in the neo-Gothic church dedicated to the Assumption of the Holy Virgin Mary the picture of Our Lady is one of the oldest artistic works in the town. In its long history the painting was given various titles: starting from the Dolorous or Glorious, through the Immaculate, Assumed, Merciful, to even being taken by some people for a copy of the picture of Our Lady of Ostra Brama, However it is most often referred to as Our Lady of Baluty, or just Our Lady of Łódź. In the work the history of the church and of the painting were followed, with paying special attention to separating legends from facts. Attempts were made to prove that the opinion about the painting in the Łódź church being a copy of the picture from Ostra Brama is unjustified; it is only the same iconographic type. It represents painting that is relatively rarely encountered in art. The bust of Mary without the Infant, with her hands crossed on the breast, expresses several truths about the Virgin. It is a sort of synthesis of three iconographic motifs: the Immaculate Conception. the Annunciation and the Assumption. The way to announcing the dogmas of the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption was especially turbulent and the process lasted from the beginnings of Christianity. Undoubtedly these truths are linked with each other. By the Assumption we also
Towarzystwo Naukowe Katolickiego Uniwersytetu Lubelskiego
ISSN : 0035-7707
Roczniki humanistyczne A. 2004, vol. 52, n° 4, pp. 345-366 [22 pages]
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