25th October : Our Lady Of Toledo

Our Lady Of Toledo

Country : Spain

Year : 1070

There are so many masterpieces of art and beautiful shrines in the city of Toledo, Spain, that a visitor may easily miss the White Virgin; for she is hidden away inside the grilled choir of Toledo’s magnificent cathedral.

The sacred image of Our Lady is a woodcarving of the fourteenth century.  Both Mother and Child are clothed in white, their garments bordered with jeweled gold.  Their faces darkened by time are framed with curly, strawberry-blond hair.

The statue has also been called the “smiling Virgin of Toledo”; for the Child’s right hand caresses His Mother’s face.  She responds with a smile that gives this image its popular name.

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