Triumph of Virtue - by CORREGGIO - from Musée du Louvre, Paris
|The Young Woman at the center wears the Armour of Christ. The Angel behind her Crowns
her with a Victory Wreath of Laurel. In the same Angel's left hand is a Palm Branch, Symbolic of Virginity. At the
Virgin's feet are the Demons she has defeated, and in her right hand is a broken lance, indicating she has fought hard
and well. She has been 'weighed and measured' by the other two Virgins dressed in white, and not 'found wanting'. There
is joy in Heaven over her Victory.
The single Tree behind the Virgin which grows straight and tall toward Heaven is Symbolic of the Cross of Jesus Christ. In a companion-painting by Correggio entitled 'Allegory of Vices' , also displayed at Musée du Louvre, we see the background-tree to be Gnarled, Twisted and Broken. Click to display 'Allegory of Vices'.
They are true children of Mary
and can call themselves true children,
who strive to imitate her life
|Note Bene: Bible verses quoted in this Book are from the English Douay-Rheims translation commissioned by the Catholic Church.|