Santa Maria in Monserrato degli Spagnoli, the national church of the Spanish, is dedicated to the Madonna of Montserrat, an ancient and a much venerated image of the Virgin, which is located in a shrine on the mountain of Montserrat near Barcelona.
Montserrat translates as 'saw mountain' (serrated, as in the common handsaw) and there is a punning reference to the name in the sculpture above the entrance to the church. Against a rocky background, the Virgin cradles the Christ Child, who, we are supposed to think, is cutting through a section of rock with a large iron fret-saw!
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My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private and
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