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The Black Madonna by Tahnja

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Acrylic and impasto medium on flat canvas board.

Many, many hours of work went into this. I wanted to recreate the image of the Black Madonna with my own interpretation. The most important aspect of my painting is to breathe new life into my work. I prayed as I worked, I spoke to Her and my heart beat with love and admiration. I shed tears of joy, sorrow, happiness, as my life continued on around this painting.

My only concern is that the way in which I painted Her eyelashes may be viewed as too modern. It was an idea I had that I just went with as I wanted to do something that would somehow enhance Her great beauty without overstepping it too much.

I am never more in tune with art and my subject as when I paint religious imagery. It’s just the depth of my faith and my heartbeat of devotion that is who I am which causes the grace of God to take over as I work.

May all who view this work be filled with Her grace and Her strength to overcome everything with the gift of rock solid faith.



  • Anita Inverarity
    Anita Inverarityabout 4 years ago

    Incredible work hon- Such amazing detail and beauty xx

  • Lots and ltos of work in this one but somehow I wasn’t frustrated like I usually am if I even think about trying to put in too much detail. For Mary it was natural that it had to be so and I just didn’t think about it too much and just did it until I was finished.

    Thank you so much for your wonderful support. My love to you Anita!

    – Tahnja

  • Lynnette Shelley
    Lynnette Shelleyabout 4 years ago

    This looks beautiful Tahnja

  • Hi Lynnette! So very kind of you to stop by my friend, thank you so very much!

    – Tahnja

  • eoconnor
    eoconnorabout 4 years ago

    wonderful beauty well done !LIz

  • God bless you Liz and thank you so much

    – Tahnja

  • © Helen Chierego
    © Helen Chieregoabout 4 years ago


  • Hi Helen, thank you so much for stopping by my friend

    – Tahnja

  • Rhonda Strickland
    Rhonda Stricklandabout 4 years ago


  • She is indeed…thank you so much

    – Tahnja

  • thepaintedsoul
    thepaintedsoulabout 4 years ago

    This painting has an Eastern feel to it, Tahnja. Great impact, too.

  • It’s wonderful to hear from you Michael…and yes, the story behind the original image certainly leads it’s origins back to Jerusalem…mine is an adaptation but on the same image

    – Tahnja

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonabout 4 years ago

    Wow! Powerful looking and such a wonderful art piece Tahnja! Hugs…

  • So glad you feel Her strong presence in this painting…it may also be one of the things that is taking people back and to be honest, I’m glad! Her presence as I painted this image was so very strong….I felt a very strong inspiration to present Her image in a way that will force the viewer’s attention.

    Love how you always read my work so well…loev you hunny!

    – Tahnja

  • Emma  Wertheim
    Emma Wertheimabout 4 years ago

    This is amazing!!! :)

  • Aww thank you hunny and hello to you lovely lady. It was a lot of work and for once I loved every minute of it lol. Hugs

    – Tahnja

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethabout 4 years ago


  • Thank you dear lady….

    – Tahnja

  • Ann Warrenton
    Ann Warrentonabout 4 years ago

    Your very welcome :)Tahnja oxox

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