Madonna, statue of St. Mary
Madonna, polychrome statue, ter Apel, NL

This 19th century polychrome Madonna in Ter Apel (Netherlands) is certainly not the oldest I’ve seen, nor is it the most famous, and from an art historical point of view it is even quite insignificant maybe, but it has an extraordinary presence and elegance. The beautiful faded colors, and the slight patina only add a layer of power to its freshness. I must have passed this statue a few times without taking notice, but this specific winter afternoon the clear light struck it in a way that it made it impossible to ignore.


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