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.
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?