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Our Lady of Czestochowa

(Black Madonna of Czestochowa)

hight: 62 cm
length: 47 cm
depth: 5,5 cm

H and-written (painted) icon by iconographer M.A. Krystyna Kuś-Kilichowska graduate from Nicolaus Copernicus University,
Art Conservation and Restoration Faculty.

Icon painted/written using old traditional techniques:

  • gilded with golden leaves 23.75 karat
  • painted on gesso a number of substrates made from a traditional mix of an animal glue binder and chalk
  • painted in egg tempera technique
  • covered with amber shellac and varnish
Matka Boża Częstochowska

Our Lady of Czestochowa, Black Madonna of Częstochowa, hand painted icon

Our Lady of Czestochowa, Black Madonna of Częstochowa, copy of the icon

The history of the picture's arrival are described in extant documents.

One of the oldest documents from Jasna Góra states that the picture travelled from Jerusalem, via Constantinople and Belz to finally reach Częstochowa in August 1382 by Władysław Opolczyk, Duke of Opole.

Ladislaus Opolczyk journeying to Silesia with the picture stopped to rest in Czestochowa near the small church on Jasna Gora.
Here he discerned that Our Lady wished to have the picture remained on this spot. He thus left the picture at the Jasna Gora Church
and invited the white-robed Pauline Fathers from Hungary to be in charge of the shrine.

Tradition dates this event on August 26, 1382.

The earliest document that states about this fact is that issued by Prince Ladislaus Opolczyk erecting the Jasna Gora monastery in 1382.

The next earliest mention of the picture occurs in the Liber Beneficiorium, the work of Jan Dlugosz, the first Polish historian, some 70-80 years after the picture's arrival at Jasna Gora.

Dlugosz was born and raised near Czestochowa and often in his childhood visited the Shrine. He writes in his work: "Our Lady's picture, one of ancient origins and famed for miracles, was brought to Jasna Gora by Opolczyk."




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