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The Madonna of Bruges depicts Mary with the infant Jesus. It is sculpted in marble. The statue depicts a seated Mary with the toddler Jesus trying to take a step and being lightly supported by Mary’s left arm and leg. It is exactly what toddlers do when they have just learned to walk. It is a very comfortable and secure position for the child.
According to the art experts this sculpture is different from the normal depictions of Virgin Mary holding the infant Jesus in her arms with a serene expression. In this sculpture Mary does not look at her son and does not cling to him. The interpretation has been that she already knows what is in store for son even as he is trying to step way from his mother and into the world.This is a truly moving sculpture. There is a certain amount of melancholy attached to it – almost like when I saw the Pieta (in Vatican). I don’t know whether it’s my imagination or whether it is actually so – I felt that there was some resemblance between the toddler’s and mother’s faces. It was, I think, the lips which were slightly similar. It’s almost like there is a possibility that when the toddler’s face is aged it will look like the mother’s. Hey – this is just what I felt. Maybe it must have been my imagination. I wonder if anybody else thought so too. After all it is Michelangelo! Anything is possible! I have been a great admirer of Michelangelo – hence absolutely loved Florence (but that’s for later).
There is a nice article I came across on this sculpture. It is called “A Michelangelo in Belgium? The Bruges Madonna” – by Jerry R. Hobbs
The Church of Our Lady location – Onze-Lieve-Vrouwekerkhof Zuid
Timings – Mon-Fri- 9 AM to 12:30 PM & 1:30 P.M. to 5 P.M; Sat – 9AM-12:30PM & 1:30-4PM; Sun – 1:30-5PM.
There is a museum here where entry fee has to be paid. But entry to the church and Madonna and Child alter is free.
Bruges (Brugge), Belgium – An Introduction
How to get to Bruges (Brugge), Belgium – Transportation
Traveling within Bruges (Brugge), Belgium – Transport Information
The Markt (Market) Square-Bruges
Belfry (Belfort) of Bruges .
The Beguinage (Begijnhof) of Bruges
Basilica of the Holy Blood (Heilige Bloed Basiliek)- Part 1 ; Part 2