The Pencil Madonna: A Modern Rendition of Our Lady of Sorrows

Our Lady of Sorrows fresco

Long and black, sorrowing an eighth time at the Ascension of her Son, she’s nicknamed the “Pencil Madonna.”  She’s the prominent figure in a striking mural behind the altar at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Farmington, Michigan.  The mural also features a “Pencil Jesus” hovering just over His Mother’s head, ascending to heaven.The contemporary fresco was painted in the summer of 1961 by French artist Jean Charlot.  Born in Paris, France, then living and working in Mexico, Charlot applied to be … [Read more...]