Our Lady of Peace
Our Lady of Peace

Image credit: De Morgan Collection

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This painting was made in response to the Boer war. Here we see a Christian knight, who is about to depart for battle, kneel in a church and pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary (Our Lady of Peace). De Morgan’s use of traditional Christian iconography and chivalric imagery is, however, subverted by the look of nervous consternation on the face of the young knight who seems to be praying not only for protection but also in the idealistic hope that his actions will bring peace. Roman Catholic veneration of Our Lady of Peace focuses on her roles as a mediatrix of humanity to God, protector from dangers and advocate of sinners. During both the Boer and First World War, there was widespread use of Christian and in particular Marian (of Mary) imagery in order to make sense of the disasters of war.


Our Lady of Peace




oil on canvas


H 195.2 x W 100.2 cm

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