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Salus Populi Romani

Borghese Chapel and Salus Populi Romani in the Basilica of St. Mary Major Salus Populi Romani, or Health of the Roman People due to a miracle in which the icon helped keep plague from the city is perhaps the oldest Marian image in Rome, Italy. The icon is at least a thousand years old, and according to a tradition was painted from life by St Luke the Evangelist using the wooden table of the Holy Family in Nazareth.

The Borghese (or Pauline) Chapel with the Salus Populi Romani icon, Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome

A detail of an 18th century copy of the icon of the Salus Populi Romani (Protectress of the Roman People). The original painting is kept in the archbasilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. The image has since long been considered a true portrait of Mary, as according to legend it was painted by St Luke.

Pope Francis prays at Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome Pope Francis prays in front of the icon of "Salus Populi Romani," (health of the Roman people)

Pope Francis prays at Basilica of St. Mary Major in Rome Pope Francis prays in front of the icon of "Salus Populi Romani," (health of the Roman people)

adorning one of two Holy Water fonts at St Peter's Basilica | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

San Clemente. Gorgeous 12th century mosaic work and hidden beneath the basilica is a 2nd century mithraeum.

The Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme in Rome

Virgen de Coromoto. Venezuela.

Virgin Mary Mosaic, Holy Face Monastery

Pennsylvania folk artist Rose Walton

Vatican Museum, Rome, Italy.

An excellent example of a Medieval Mosaic of Jesus Christ. Artist Unknown.

Madonna Nativity 39 by Waiting For The Word, via Flickr

Jesus Christ Ravenna Mosaic

Pablo Picasso ::

Light of the World: Mother and Child by Frantisek DVORAK.

Virgin and Child, from the Procession of the Martyrs in the nave (mosaic), Byzantine School, (6th century) / Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna, Italy / Giraudon / Bridgeman Giraudon

Paolo Veneziano, Virgin Mary and Child, 1354