WHAT DO PEARLS AND RUBIES SYMBOLIZE IN THIS PAINTING?
As a symbol of her purity, the Virgin Mary wears pearls like a crown around her head. A ruby on her forehead with blood-like hue reminds us of the blood of Christ and his martyrdom. Did you notice the one pearl that’s different from all the rest? I wonder what that means…?
Philippe de Thaon wrote an allegory about the Virgin that alludes to gemstones and pearls in his Bestiaries. He compared the oyster creating a pearl from dew that it has swaggered to the Virgin Mary’s miraculous conception of the Christ Child.
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