Honoring Mamma on Baby’s Birthday

Usually on someone’s birthday, we honor that person with gifts, cards, and Facebook smilies. But I thought today seemed like a good day to honor the mamma who gave birth.

Sant’Apollonia used to be a Benedictine monastery from the 12th century but has been deconsecrated for decades. It is now the Diocesan Museum, with quite a collection of paintings, madonnas, and reliquaries. Here’s a slideshow of the Madonnas there.

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As a bonus, you also get reliquaries today. I wonder what piece of a saint each of these used to hold? I bet the leg-shaped one held a piece of saintly leg. Some have tiny sculptures of people on them, perhaps the saint who is commemorated?

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And even the tools for making your own!

About seductivevenice

Teacher, writer, traveler, dancer, reader, photographer, gardener.
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3 Responses to Honoring Mamma on Baby’s Birthday

  1. Yvonne says:

    I love that museum, and you usually have it all to yourself.

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