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Mater Amabilis
Mother Most Loveable

June 13th 2017
Watercolor and Ink
8x10 inches
11 ½ Hours


"Ave, Maria! thy children are kneeling,
words of endearment are murmured to thee;
softly thy spirit upon us is stealing,
Sinless and beautiful, star of the sea!

Mater amabilis, ora pro nobis!
Pray for thy children who call upon thee;
Ave, sanctissima! Ave, purissima!
Sinless and beautiful, star of the sea!

Ave, Maria! thou portal of heaven,
harbor of refuge, to thee do we flee;
lost in the darkness, by stormy winds driven,
Sinless and beautiful, star of the sea!

Mater amabilis, ora pro nobis!
Pray for thy children who call upon thee;
Ave, sanctissima! Ave, purissima!
Sinless and beautiful, star of the sea!"

~ from Ave Maria, O mother, O Maiden

Sorry everyone, I've been getting behind on my June sketches, but I had to finish this commission for a client. He wanted me to do an image of the Madonna and Child under the title of Mater Amabilis (Latin for "Mother Most Amiable," or better translated, "Mother Most-Loveable"). My first page of sketches were actually for this piece to try and figure out what I wanted Mary's pose to be. I sort of settled on the first one, but changed the angle of her head and Jesus' pose. The face is very obviously very Botticellian inspired. :D
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Big-bad-Rocket Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2017
The whole thing is incredible. I love the blue and gold so much.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! As I am sure you have noticed, I am quite fond of the blue-gold combination. :nod:
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LadyoftheApocalypse Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is wonderful!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:hug:
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BohemianBeachcomber Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
How lovely!  :aww:
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :meow:
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:iconbohemianbeachcomber:
BohemianBeachcomber Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
You're welcome! :)
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belianis Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Professional Traditional Artist
The Madonna and Child motif is a simplification of the Maesta, Our Lady in a throne venerated by angels and saints. Have you considered depicting Our Lady in that grand manner?
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I think maybe the one I've done closest to that is my Our Lady of Chivalry, but I should like to do an image like that someday! :D
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DCJBeers Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017
What a masterpiece!!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
D'awwww! :meow:
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DCJBeers Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2017
Awe shux!!!!Heart 
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dashinvaine Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2017
Beautiful piece. 
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!! :dance:
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Fireshifter Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017
So life like and so tender! Absolutely lovely! :hug:
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:iconilikeitplz:
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Livia25 Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Wonderful ^^ God bless you
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! God bless you too! :glomp:
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MatejCadil Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautiful! :heart:
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!! :la:
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:iconaericmon:
aericmon Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautiful. And true to their physical appearances when they were in earth!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad you like it! :aww:
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aericmon Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh, you bet I am! 
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Kondo1988 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017
Very beautiful work.  Nod Clap 
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :dance:
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bbbeto Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017
This is perfect. I love it.  ^_^
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!!
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Gryffgirl Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017
So beautiful and tender! :iconbigheartplz:
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :meow:
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ShaleStorm Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
This is beautiful! It reminds me of Byzantine art.
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!!! Yes, I've combined a number of different stylizations in this piece, and the main inspirations were Byzantine art and Botticelli. :D
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Ms-Atomic-Bomb Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So beautiful and so sweet! I love this so much!
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
THANK YOU!!! :hug:
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Ms-Atomic-Bomb Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem, sweetheart!!! God bless!!
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rhunel Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017   General Artist
Very cute!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :giggle:
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romenriel Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017
It looks just awesome!
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww, thanks!
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finex666 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
very beautiful ^___
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:icontheophilia:
Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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finex666 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
most welcome ^___
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CastilloVerde Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Magnificent!! :) (Smile) The artwork looks very peaceful! :D (Big Grin) Is there any significance regarding the 12 6-pointed stars above the Madonna? 
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! :aww: Yep, Mary is often depicted with a halo of twelve stars as a reference to Revelations 12:1: "And a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars." I started making the stars 6-pointed as a reference to the Star of David and as a nod to Mary's Jewish heritage. :nod:
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CastilloVerde Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're welcome! :D (Big Grin) Thanks for the clarification. I truly love how you think through every detail of your artwork! :) (Smile)  
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Theophilia Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2017  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww, thanks! :aww: I enjoy the details, I'm just glad other people notice them too! :D
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tkdlime88 Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2017
"A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head." (Rev. 12:1)

This is a classic Marian scripture reference. Thus, Mary is often depicted with a circle of twelve stars as her halo.
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CastilloVerde Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for the clarification! :) (Smile) 
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