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Offline carmina laetitiae

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Depictions of the Assumption
« on: February 03, 2019, 10:13:09 PM »
Hey all,
I realized earlier today that in most depictions of the Assumption I've seen, the Virgin Mary's head is uncovered whereas in most other depictions of her, her head is covered. Anyone know why this is the case - any symbolism involved? Thanks.
 

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Re: Depictions of the Assumption
« Reply #1 on: February 04, 2019, 08:39:47 AM »
Possibly in preparation for her coronation as Queen of Heaven. Also, a woman's veil has a lot to do with the authority of her earthly husband over her & protection from the eyes of other men, neither of which issues exist in heaven. As a whole, I think it would represent the glory of God descending directly upon her head & her glorification in general, and that through her Assumption she has surpassed the nature of a woman and human nature in general.
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Re: Depictions of the Assumption
« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2019, 12:11:49 PM »
Hey all,
I realized earlier today that in most depictions of the Assumption I've seen, the Virgin Mary's head is uncovered whereas in most other depictions of her, her head is covered. Anyone know why this is the case - any symbolism involved? Thanks.

Excellent observation!
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