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13 Blessed Depictions of Black Madonna from Around the World


The Virgin Mary and Jesus are popularly depicted as having white skin despite the fact that he was likely a Middle-Eastern Jew, but artists have created Black Madonnas, representations of Mary with dark features and dark skin, that can be found from as early as 12th century. They are the oldest images of Madonna in the world. The depictions are not always said to be representative of race or ethnicity but of Madonna's goddess.


The statues and depictions can be found primarily in Catholic countries across Europe.


Notre-Dame de la Délivrance, Algeria

Black Madonna by Claire Berlein, South Africa


Black Madonna and Child by Romare Bearden, United States


Our Lady of Czestochowa, Poland


The Black Madonna of Einsiedeln, Switzerland


Maternity by Simona Mereu


Erzulie Dantor, Haiti

Nuestra Señora de la Paz y Buen Viaje de Antipolo, Phillipines


La Divina Pastora, Trinidad


Nuestra Señora de Regla, Cuba


Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe, Spain

Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn, Lithuania


Black Virgin of Oropa, Italy

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