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Madonna Representation in painting or sculpture of the Virgin Mary, usually with the infant Jesus. The early Christians painted the Madonna in their catacombs, and she was a feature of many outstanding Byzantine icons. The advent of the Renaissance brought less stylized representations, and almost every great painter and sculptor of the period produced portraits of the Madonna.

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Madonna

Ma·don·na1 / məˈdänə/ • n. (the Madonna) the Virgin Mary. ∎  a picture, statue, or medallion of the Madonna, typically depicted seated and holding the infant Jesus. ∎  (usu. madonna) an idealized virtuous and beautiful woman.

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madonna

madonna †my lady, madam XVI; the Virgin Mary, picture or statue of her XVII. — It. madonna, i.e. ma, old unstr. form of mia my (:- L. mea), donna lady (:- L. domina).

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Madonna (Ital., ‘my lady’). A Christian designation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, common especially in artistic representations.

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Madonna the Virgin Mary, a name (from Italian, meaning ‘my lady’) recorded in English from the mid 17th century.

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