Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Ripon Cathedral

In 2013, my wife and I went to Ripon and stayed near the cathedral. While visiting the cathedral, I was struct by this statue. It depicts the Virgin Mary swinging the infant Jesus by the arms. The symbolism should be lost on no one.

Images of the Madonna and Child are usually quite staid and - dare I say - unimaginative (at least to my mind). This statue shows playfulness and vitality; it shows a genuine mother-child relationship that I have never seen depicted before.
Unfortunately, there was only one postcard of this statue and it did not show the vitality of which I speak. Neither, I fear, does this image which I found online somewhere.