Niccolò di Tommaso, St. Bridget of Sweden’s Vision of the Nativity, Tempera on poplar, gilding, after 1372, Vatican Museums, © Musei Vaticani
This painting depicts the amazing vision which Saint Bridget of Sweden had during her pilgrimage to Bethlehem: the miraculous, virginal birth of the Son of God. She saw Mary deep in prayer, as she prepared the swaddle, took off her mantle and shoes, and gave birth without pain. The Child, from whom an intense light shines forth, is placed on the ground with Mary kneeling in adoration. The birth of Christ was no longer a painful event. St. Bridget was mother to 8 children and knew the pangs of childbirth. In her writings she highlighted this prodigious aspect of the birth of the Son of God.
(Pope St. John Paul II – Midnight Mass, Christmas 2004)
Under the direction of Paolo Ondarza
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