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Why are Black Madonnas black?

Spotlight Talk: Why are Black Madonnas black?

Friday June 2, at 3 pm, Nelahozeves Castle

A 15-minute talk discussing the popularity of the Black Madonna and her coloring will be prepared and presented by the curator of our art collections, Lucie Němečková.

The questions of origin, respect and iconography of the Black Madonna are very rich and complicated subjects. Although displaying this type of Madonna enjoyed great popularity in the Middle Ages, today researchers are trying to clarify its symbolic meaning. In the third meeting of a series of short lectures, we will discuss the possible origins of this iconographic type, looking at examples from the Lobkowicz collections as well as many other important international figures of the Black Madonna.

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