A Polish Church

On rue St Honore is a Polish church which serves inexpensive meals several days a week. I’ve never eaten there but I did wander into the church for a look. It’s round with a dome with no transepts. I like the byzantine art there.


Not your usual Virgin Mary.


Nor this.


I liked this too. Jesus perhaps?

5 thoughts on “A Polish Church

  1. Some great colors in that artwork. I do like the shapes too. I’m sure there’s a name for that style and I’m just clueless about it. Have you ever been to Poland?

  2. The origins of the icon and the date of its composition are still hotly contested among scholars. The difficulty in dating the icon stems from the fact that the original image was painted over, after being badly damaged by Hussite raiders in 1430. Medieval restorers unfamiliar with the encaustic method found that the paints they applied to the damaged areas “simply sloughed off the image” according to the medieval chronicler Risinius, and their solution was to erase the original image and to repaint it on the original panel, which was believed to be holy because of its legendary origin as a table top from the home of the Holy Family. The painting displays a traditional composition well known in the icons of Eastern Orthodoxy. The Virgin Mary is shown as the “Hodegetria” (“One Who Shows the Way”). In it the Virgin directs attention away from herself, gesturing with her right hand toward Jesus as the source of salvation. In turn, the child extends his right hand toward the viewer in blessing while holding a book of gospels in his left hand. The icon shows the Madonna in fleur de lys robes. The original is in Poland.

    The statue is of Jesus, Prince of peace.

  3. Lovely pictures, and thanks to Peggy for the scholarly info. I’ll put that church on my list for next time visiting.

  4. “infant of Prague” — a blast from my Catholic past. I had not heard that phrase since grade-school days (a long time ago!)

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