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Virgin of Montserrat
Virgin of Montserrat, called the Morenetea. Is a black Virgin the patron of Catalonia – Barcelona.
The figure is made of gilded plaster finishes.
It is a esculura 60s.
Dimensions: 12.5 inches (32 cm) high. Conditions: The statue is in very good condition.
Virgin of Montserrat
To sum up, Our Lady of Montserrat (Catalan: Mare de Déu de Montserrat) is a Marian title associated with a statue of the virgin and Child venerated at the Santa Maria de Montserrat monastery on the Mountain of Montserrat in Catalonia, Spain. She is the Patron Saint of Catalonia, an honour she shares with Saint George (Sant Jordi in Catalan). The famed image once bore the inscription ”Nigra Sum Sed Formosa” (Latin: I am Black, but Beautiful).
Pope Leo XIII granted the image a Canonical coronation on 11 September 1881. The image is one of the Black Madonnas of Europe, hence its familiar Catalan name, La Moreneta (“the little dark-skinned one” or “the little dark one”). Believed by some to have been carved in Jerusalem in the early days of the Church, it is more likely a Romanesque sculpture in wood from the late 12th century.
The mountain of Montserrat has been of religious significance since pre-Christian times, when the Romans built a temple to honor the Roman goddess Venus.
By one account, the image of the virgin was moved to Montserrat in 718, to avoid the danger posed by invading Saracens.
It is to say that Legend has it that the Benedictine monks could not move the statue to construct their monastery, choosing to instead build around it. The statue’s sanctuary is located at the rear of the chapel, where an altar of gold surrounds the icon, and is now a site of pilgrimage.
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