Monday, July 21, 2008

Madonna of the Bamboo Grove

The artist-nun of The Nuns of Carmel of the Holy Trinity
Madonna of the Bamboo Grove (summer) (1990)
Carmel of the Holy Trinity; 27-I, 3-chome; Motomachi, Jindaiji, Chofu-shi; Tokyo

The convent's prioress wrote to the The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute, Dayton, Ohio :

"We would like very much to avoid publicity, so unbecoming of poor Carmelite nuns, and so we ask you not to mention the artist's name. Our greatest privilege is to be instrumental in spreading the Marian devotion--Mary, who is our Queen and Mother of Carmel."

This work is part of a work called a kakejiku (hanging picture) and is meant to be displayed in the Summer.

The Japanese Madonnas are displayed at the website of The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute located at the University of Dayton, a Catholic and Marianist institution of higher learning, in Dayton, Ohio.

They maintain a website called The Mary Page

The Library is an international centre of study and research on Mary, the Mother of Jesus Christ. The Marian Library holds the world's largest collection of printed materials on the Blessed Virgin. The academic program has pontifical character.

The Gallery section on Marian art is massive and regularly displays exhibitions by contemporary artists on religious themes, related primarily to Mary