Earliest Image of Mary and Jesus

Mary and Jesus Catacombs

Love it!

This Madonna and Child from the Catacomb of Priscilla is the oldest known representation of this most touching and human aspect of Christ’s Incarnation. The emphasis on the maternal love of Mary for the Child Jesus reflects the early Christian community’s reverence for the Mother of God, and for its understanding of God’s love for humankind in sending His only Son to earth to share in our humanity. [source]

Wikipedia has it dated to the “late 2nd century.”

Hat tip to @mikel0881 for the image.

9 comments Add comment

Christopher Wright April 28, 2010 at 10:53 am

That is just so beautiful. Awesome!

Erin April 28, 2010 at 11:38 am

It is beautiful! I love it

Fr. Larry April 28, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Check out the Presbyterians who want to replace the cross with the lactating breast as the symbol of Christianity.

L April 28, 2010 at 3:42 pm

That’s cool!

Catholic debating pro-life April 28, 2010 at 6:21 pm

Cool picture!

Catholic debating pro-life April 28, 2010 at 10:07 pm

A bit off topic Matthew, but I have a good idea for a post one day, if you ever want to try it. You have a favorite books and a favorite prayers thread; why not a favorite quogtes thread? I have some awesome ones I could post if you ever decide to do that.

Just an idea.

Ron September 8, 2010 at 5:39 pm

How barbaric was the 2nd Century AD? The love the artist shows toward Mary and her new born child seems anything but.

Tony Escobar October 4, 2010 at 11:52 pm

That is amazing!! I never knew about this image!

Robert D'Silva October 14, 2012 at 12:27 am

Good one! it should be seen by those who denounce the respect & adoration given to Mother Mary & say that it is a recent thing propagated by the Catholic Church.

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