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The Image of Our Lady of Torreciudad


The image of Our Lady of Torreciudad is a Romanesque elm wood carving. It shows brilliantly the primitive facial expressions of the Virgin Mary and Child. The frontal position of the figures, the severity and inscrutability of the faces, together with the disproportioned heads and hands are characteristics of the Romanesque canon.

The image can be considered a piece of great interest, from both the historic and artistic point of view. This type of iconography is the kind known as the “Majesty of Our Lady” or “Sedes Sapientiae”. I was widely used during the High Middle Ages.