Friday, July 20, 2012


Stylized hawthorn, or aubépine, polychrome decor dating to the 17th century adorns the enclosure of one of the lateral chapels of the Cathédrale Notre Dame in Saint-Omer. An 18th century statue of the Virgin Mary is the central figure of this chapel dedicated to the Conception. Hawthorn, a symbol of innocence and purety, was once thought to protect newborns.

un nouveau-né:  a newborn child
nouveau-né(e):  newborn (adjective)

©2012 P.B. Lecron

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