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