The “Virgin and Child” is an old piece of Gothic architecture dating back to the 13th century. It depicts a haloed and crowned Mary with a young Jesus Christ. With the stained glass as the medium, the “Virgin and Child” would allow light through it, thus emphasizing the bright blue, red, and white colors that are predominant in the piece (Kleiner 385). Light has been historically used as a metaphor for depicting divinity, holiness, and power. Thus, having the stained glass as a medium would help to emphasize this, especially during a clear and bright day. The large red throne in which Mary sits also symbolizes divine power from God. Monarchs who sat on thrones were considered compelling individuals who were ordained by God to be His “lieutenants” on earth. A large white dove is also depicted atop the image of Mary. The dove has been used as a symbol of love, peace, and holiness within Christianity.
building that would symbolize heaven would have a large entrance with high
white pillars located on either side of the long
hallway. The hallway would then lead to a
large set of stairs made of gold, after which a large in-built golden throne
is placed. Beyond the main entrance is
another large brightly colored hall, with tall ceilings painted in rococo and Renaissance styles of art. Other sections of
the ceilings would be brightly colored,
reflecting light from various sections in
which ceilings are open. In the corners
would be large sculptures of saints and martyrs such as Peter and John. These
sculptures, made of pearls, would be ten feet tall and face the center of the
hall, where a raised platform depicts Jesus Christ as embodying the Holy
Kleiner, Fred S. Gardner’s Art through the Ages: A Global History. 15th ed., Cengage Learning, 2016.