Tree of Jesse with Mary and Jesus –8.5x11" based on a Vintage Holy Card – Catholic Art Print – Madonna and Child

Tree of Jesse with Mary and Jesus –8.5x11" based on a Vintage Holy Card – Catholic Art Print – Madonna and Child

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Beautiful and theological, this cosmic German holy card from the late 19th Century has Mary with the Holy Trinity. Mary and the baby Jesus are bordered by a Latin inscription which reads, Egredietur virga de radice Iesse et flos de radice eius ascendet. It is Isaiah 11:1 and means, A shoot will spring from the tree of Jesse, a new shoot will grow from his roots.

‘Virga’ means ‘green twig’ or ‘shoot’ (sometimes translated ‘rod’) and is related to the word Virgo, or virgin. The artist further plays on this association by having the tree of Jesse that Mary and Jesus are “sprouting” from be full of roses, for Mary.

B. Kühlen & M. Gladbach are the publishers. Artist is anonymous.