Strange thing is that Kindle says "You may notice that the photo I took of this Black Madonna is NOT the same statue as the Black Madonna in the blog where I’d found her first. Similar, but not the same. Another mystery never to be solved."
I say "strange" because I think it is the same statue, merely a different angle! I left a comment to clear up the mystery, but it's true that the lips in my shot seem to be redder. Also, the niche behind her in my photo is decorated with war medals, whereas Kindle's is not. This doesn't seem too mysterious to me, these things change depending on the season, but Kindle's right, it is kind of curious.
What do you think?
|My initial photo of Notre Dame de Bonne Délivrance.|
|A previously unpublished shot at a similar angle to that of Kindle's.|
I'd say the medals were ex-votos on temporary display (or had been permanent and then removed for some reason by the time Kindle took her photo). Unless it's merely a camera issue, is it possible that the nuns she watches over had applied some makeup for the occasion? I actually doubt that explanation, but I know that some Marian statues get a change of clothes according to the liturgical season, as a Google images search for Notre Dame de la Daurade demonstrates.
According to Virgin Mary Statues' 'Fashion' Displayed in Museum:
"Clothes were cut for all kinds of statues – from great icons in sanctuaries and the mannequins used in religious processions, down to the tiny statues of Mary worshiped in convents and household chapels," said Maximilien Durand, the show's curator and director of the Lyon Fabric Museum. "They were dressed like real women, like fashion icons, with real hair, wigs, even make-up."
So while I still doubt Mary's got lipstick on, it wouldn't be entirely without precedent.
Of course, judging by reactions to a 2012 incident in Brooklyn, this old practice probably didn't include making up the Mother and Child to look like members of KISS....
|Gene "The Virgin" Simmons and Paul "Baby Jesus" Stanley|