Reproduced above is the altarpiece "St. Luke Painting the Virgin,"
ca. 1545-50 by Maerteen van Heemskerck.
The original is now at the
Musée des Beaux Arts in Rennes, France.

The painting shows Mary,
The Perfect Daughter of Israel and the Mother of the Church,
with her son, our Savior, as an infant
and with Luke the Evangelist, the only non-Jewish author of the Bible,
in Rennaisance clothing and surroundings,
thereby illustrating the timelessness of the Church
as well as its universality.

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