Theophilia's avatar
Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn
By Theophilia   |   Watch
594 172 26K (2 Today)
Published: November 17, 2012
© 2012 - 2019 Theophilia
Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn
© Cecilia Lawrence

November 16th 2012
Watercolor and Ink
8.5 by 11 inches


"Who is she that rises forth like the dawn,
fair as the moon,
pure and bright as the sun,
and as terrible as a many-bannered army?"

- Song of Songs 6:10

"Mary the dawn, Christ the Perfect Day;
Mary the gate, Christ the Heavenly Way!
Mary the root, Christ the Mystic Vine;
Mary the grape, Christ the Sacred Wine!
Mary the wheat, Christ the Living Bread;
Mary the stem, Christ the Rose blood-red!
Mary the font, Christ the Cleansing Flood;
Mary the cup, Christ the Saving Blood!
Mary the temple, Christ the temple's Lord;
Mary the shrine, Christ the God adored!
Mary the beacon, Christ the Haven's Rest;
Mary the mirror, Christ the Vision Blest!
Mary the mother, Christ the mother's Son
By all things blest while endless ages run. Amen. "


:iconrose5plz::iconrose6plz::iconrose7plz::iconrose1plz::iconrose1plz::iconrose-2plz::iconrose3plz::iconrose4plz:

Yesterday was the Feast of Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn (November 16th). Mary is the patroness of Lithuania under this title. :nod: This particular depiction of Mary is also known as Mother of Mercy and Our Lady of Humility. When Saint Faustina was just beginning to establish devotion to the image of Divine Mercy, this was one of the first places where the image was shown, by the Gate of Dawn in Vilnius, near to this icon of Our Lady.

I generally like to try and depict the icons in their original state and then add on my own details. However, in my depiction of this icon (because I am really OCD about symmetry), I had the crown placed just above her head, instead of off to the side. The wings of the angels are the colors of Lithuania's national flag and also of it's capital, Vilnius. Obviously I went with the theme of "Dawn" with the background, because Mary is the Dawn announcing Christ the Eternal Day. :D I imagine that this is the moment when Mary has just given her FIAT and the Son of God has just become a child in her womb. She bows her head in Humility, having just become the Mother of Him Who is Mercy. Because she has just become the Mother of the King, the angels are crowning her as the Queen-Mother of the Son of God. And then while I was doing the gold stars on her blue cloak, I realized that she looks a lot like Our Lady of Guadalupe. :XD: Fancy that. ;-)

“The painting depicts the complex personality and devotion to Mary. Her head is gently leaning to her right, her eyes are half closed, her hands are crossed in devotion; this reminds that she is a virgin, a humble servant of the Lord, a merciful mother and the patroness of the people. At the same time, her head is surrounded by sun rays and her body is usually covered in elaborate gold and silver clothes and crowns; these are the symbols of her majestic role as the Queen of Heaven. The painting also reminds of Tota pulchra es (You are all beautiful), an old Catholic prayer.” (Wikipedia)

This is the original image of Our Lady of the gate of Dawn (without its gold covering) : upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia…

The image with its gold covering in the chapel of the Gate of Dawn: upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia…

"A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and upon her head a crown of twelve stars." ~ Revelations 12:1

:iconrose5plz::iconrose6plz::iconrose7plz::iconrose1plz::iconrose1plz::iconrose-2plz::iconrose3plz::iconrose4plz:

A little history of the image:

“It is believed that the painting was commissioned by the government of Vilnius. It was customary to place paintings or sculptures of various saints in niches of walls hoping that they would protect the building. The governor of Vilnius ordered two paintings, one depicting Lord Jesus the Saviour ("Salvator Mundi"), and the other the Blessed Virgin Mary. Both of them decorated the Gate of Dawn of the Vilnius city wall – a defensive structure with no religious importance at the time. The painting of Lord Jesus decorated exterior of the gate, while Our Lady was placed much in the same place as it is now–a small niche, protected by shutters from rain and snow. Narrow and steep stairs led to a small balcony where the faithful could light candles and pray. In 1650, Albert Wijuk Kojałowicz published Miscellanea, listing all miraculous paintings of Mary, but did not mention Our Lady of the Gate of the Dawn.

In the mid-17th century the Discalced Carmelites built the Church of St. Teresa and their monastery near the Gate of Dawn. In 1655 the city was captured, looted, and depopulated during the Battle of Vilnius of the Russo-Polish War. Likely the city government, short of funds, transferred maintenance of the gate and the paintings to the Carmelites. The painting of the Lord Jesus was moved the Carmelite monastery and later to Vilnius Cathedral (a fresco of Jesus was painted in its original niche in the 19th century). In 1671, the monks established a wooden chapel, devoted to Our Lady, next to the gate tower. Around this time the painting was covered in expensive silver clothes. By that time, the painting was already an object of public veneration and the chapel dedication ceremony was attended by many prominent figures of the time: Chancellor Krzysztof Zygmunt Pac, Grand Hetman Michał Kazimierz Pac, senators of the general sejm, and others”
(Wikipedia) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Lady…

:iconrose5plz::iconrose6plz::iconrose7plz::iconrose1plz::iconrose1plz::iconrose-2plz::iconrose3plz::iconrose4plz:

Prayer to Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn

O my Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, I offer myself entirely to Thy grace and to Thy overwhelming mercy today and forever, but mostly at the hour of my death do I dedicate myself to thee. To thee do I dedicate my body and soul, all my happiness and hope, all my sorrows and sufferings! I offer my life and the end of my life to Thy holy hands so that through Thy merits all my deeds and acts go according to Thy holy will and according to the will of Thy sweetest Son! Amen.

Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn, Virgin-Mother Most Humble, Mother of Mercy and Patroness of Lithuania, pray for us!

:iconwhiterose1plz::iconwhiterose2plz::iconwhiterose3plz::iconrose1plz::iconrose1plz::iconwhiterose4plz::iconwhiterose5plz::iconwhiterose6plz:
Image size
2526x3269px 7.03 MB
Comments165
anonymous's avatar
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Sign In
MJ-maps-99's avatar
MJ-maps-99New Deviant
I have been trying to learn more Our lady of Guadalupe and her symbols , do you know what the flower/vine on her dress is called ?  
Theophilia's avatar
TheophiliaHobbyist Traditional Artist
This is the best description of the symbolism of the flowers on her red dress that I have read:
"The Virgin's tunic is embroidered with strange flowers. They are not merely decorative elements. The Aztecs, who spoke the Nahuatl language, used "glyphs," or hieroglyphics, to tell a story. Janet Barber states that Nahuatl is a symbolic language that has meaning far beyond words. To the indigenous people the image was not only an extraordinary icon, but a "text, a document, dense with the symbolic language of the Mesoamerican peoples." When the Indians wanted to speak about divine revelation, they would refer to it in terms of "Flor y Canto," Flower and Song, the complementary union of two words called disfrasismos. One of the flowers on Mary's tunic is over her womb. It is the four-petaled Mexican Jasmine, the Flute-player Flower, Flor y Canto, which speaks of divine revelation through the Incarnation. Even though the Fifth Sun had died, the Sixth Sun was to be born, Jesus Christ, the "Sun of Justice with its healing rays" foretold in Malachi 3:20.The nine large Heart Flowers all over the tunic speak of Crucifixion. The Heart Flowers speak of resurrection as the blood-red seeds burst into new life, and are a metaphor for the beating heart torn from the sacrificial victim. The message of the Heart Flowers was that human sacrifices were unnecessary. The first letter of John says: 'God sent his only Son into the world so that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins (1 Jn 4:9-10)."

Hope that helps!
ks1246's avatar
Your work is lovely. I would like to purchase a print of a couple of your pieces on canvas. How do I do that?
Theophilia's avatar
TheophiliaHobbyist Traditional Artist
Certainly! You can find the information for ordering prints at the bottom of my journal: Alfred Duggan: on Historical Fiction

Thanks so much!
Oliveprotex's avatar
OliveprotexStudent General Artist
This is marvelous! Absolutely love this! You have great skills in making great artwork!! Please keep on going and stay healthy, safe, and strong!! 
Theophilia's avatar
TheophiliaHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much!!! :glomp:
SparklyBlueRoses84's avatar
SparklyBlueRoses84Student General Artist
Lovely!
Theophilia's avatar
TheophiliaHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!! :aww:
Theophilia's avatar
TheophiliaHobbyist Traditional Artist
:aww:
Riazana's avatar
Riazana Traditional Artist
MAMA BLESS. this is perf
Theophilia's avatar
TheophiliaHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :meow:
AngelaSasser's avatar
AngelaSasserProfessional General Artist
Hi there! I'm happy to discover the artist of this image here on DeviantART.  Your work is amazing!  Before I knew of your presence here, I used it on an inspiration mood board I shared of the painting I'm currently working on.  If you are uncomfortable with me having shared this mood board featuring your image, do let me know and I can feature another image in the preview, instead.  You can see what I'm referring to here:

Patreon Sneak Peek: Lady of August by AngelaSasser

Beautiful work! I can't wait to look through the rest of your gallery!
Theophilia's avatar
TheophiliaHobbyist Traditional Artist
Why thank you! :meow:

Oh no, not at all! I'm flattered that my little piece helped to inspire you. And I appreciate you crediting me as well!

P.S. I love art nouveau too. :D Alphonse Mucha is a favorite artist of mine. 
AngelaSasser's avatar
AngelaSasserProfessional General Artist
Thanks for letting me use your image in my mood board. Tis much appreciated!  Haha I'm not surprised at all you're a fan of Mucha.  His gorgeous decorative line work is so inspiring!
andronikihetalia's avatar
andronikihetaliaHobbyist General Artist
So pure
Theophilia's avatar
TheophiliaHobbyist Traditional Artist
:meow:
nagualdos's avatar
Amazing art!!. Bravo!!! (many pieces of your work are adorable)
Theophilia's avatar
TheophiliaHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so very much!!! :aww:
Theophilia's avatar
TheophiliaHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
Aericlee's avatar
AericleeHobbyist Traditional Artist
so beautiful! mary herself would be proud!
Theophilia's avatar
TheophiliaHobbyist Traditional Artist
:glomp:
Aericlee's avatar
AericleeHobbyist Traditional Artist
Yes! God bless!
anonymous's avatar
Join the community to add your comment. Already a deviant? Sign In
©2019 DeviantArt
All Rights reserved