|NTRA. SRA. DE NIEVA. Source: the Art Collector|
The 1790 painting, illegibly signed and with barely readable inscription, bears the title Nuestra Señora de Nieva, which shows the gowned Virgin with a scepter in one hand, and cradling the Christ Child with the other. She is haloed with a brilliant diadem and stands on a pedestal with rocaille touches, attended by cherubims.
|1896 Novena to Virgen de Nieva, UST|
The Virgin has been labeled “Our Lady of the Snows”, but is in fact, based on an existing when in fact, there is an image of Ntra. Sra. Soterraña de Nieva, venerated since the 14th century in Santa Maria de Nieva, a town in Segovia Spain. The original wooden statue was found buried in 1392, hidden from the Muslim invasion, in the village of Santa María de Nieva sits now.
The discovery was considered a miracle, and so Queen Catherine of Lancaster had a sanctuary built there. The Virgin was called “ Soterraña”, (subterranean), in reference to her buried state when found. It continued to reside in a Gothic church at Santa María la Real de Nieva, but a fire burned the original image in the 19th century. A replacement image was made and this is the present image found in the church today.
|NTRA. SRA SOTERRANA DE NIEVA,|
Pix: Household Antqiues & Heirlooms, GCF Books
|Pix; Household Antiques & Heirlooms, GCF Books.|
|Picture source: Household Antiques and Heirlooms, GCF Books|