Black Madonnas by Contemporary Artists

There are many. Just image google 'Black Madonna paintings' and you'll find dozens. Of course they are not yet liturgically "Black", i.e. they haven't received that title from the Catholic Church due to their miraculous powers or origins or great popularity among the faithful. Nonetheless they can be inspiring and beautiful, and they can be purchased on the web! Sometimes I feel bad that our passion for Black Madonnas has resulted in the theft of quite a few of them, but when I look at this little collection I am heartened by the fact that for every Dark Mother that was stolen ten more were created. Here are some of my favorites.

Sue Ellen Parkinson

                              The Black Madonna

                              The Black Madonna

                             The Black Madonna with Dove

                             The Black Madonna with Dove

                     Mother of Mysteries 

                     Mother of Mysteries 

  Black Madonna and Child

  Black Madonna and Child

         Divine Feminine

         Divine Feminine

           Textures of Mary

           Textures of Mary

                            Hopi Madonna

                            Hopi Madonna

                                Comanche Mother and Child

                                Comanche Mother and Child

                                     Guatemalan Madonna

                                     Guatemalan Madonna

                      Our Lady of Faith

                      Our Lady of Faith

Photo: Cheri Newton

Photo: Cheri Newton

                                       Sweet Communion

                                       Sweet Communion

                           Madonna and Child

                           Madonna and Child